Historic Cover Archive
1953 to 1951
1953 to 1951
Caption: The sign of the cross appears in this picture of a welder using inert gas arc welding in the fabricating of aluminum truck bodies at the plant of Masin and Kriz, Inc., at Englewood, New Jersey. It is estimated that the use of this welding method cut labor costs on the job by 50 percent.
Caption: Convair's XF2Y-l, Sea Dart, experimental delta-winged jet fighter seaplane is poised on its hydro-skids after test flights in San Diego, California. Today's light metals have played an important part in making this atomic age aircraft possible.
Caption: Stripped for shipment, Sikorsky helicopter is pulled into cargo compartment of C-124 Globemaster. The S-55 is almost entirely fabricated from magnesium sheet, has 100 magnesium castings.
Caption: Magnesium is the key metal in the fabrication of this rocket-propelled free-flight rocket produced at the National Advisory Commitee for Aeronautics at Wallops Island (Virginia) Field Station.
Caption: Aluminum and magnesium play an important role in the fabrication of this ulta-modern aircraft-the first tamden-rotor helicopter to be licensed by the CAA for commercial use. It was manufactured by McCulloch Motors Aircraft Division.
Caption: Ninety-nine percent pure magnesium ingots are prepared for shipping from the government-owned Manteca, California magnesium plant operated by the Kaiser Magnesium Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation.
Caption: This dramatic photograph shows aluminum foil being rolled at an Aluminum Company of America plant. Use of the foil is made in such widespread fields as agriculture, medicine, and the housewife's kitchen.
Caption: Hot rolled aluminum strip moves along run out table to coiler in Davenport, Louisiana, works of Aluminum Company of America. Coiled aluminum sheet is shown at right.
Caption: A giant Bullard Cut Master vertical turret lathe shown at the Ryan Aeronautical Company, San Diego, California, mills a section of an aluminum aircraft fuel tank. The machine weighs 32 tons and is 13 ft. high. Metal sections measuring from one-half inch to just under 7 ft. in height can be handled.
Caption: Pouring aluminum "Pig" from a crucible at Reynolds Metals Company's giant new $80-million aluminum reduction plant near Corpus Christi, Texas.
Caption: Longitudinal seams of one of the world's largest aluminum alloy aircraft drop tanks in production are spot welded with an Automatic Heliarc Machine at the Ryan Aeronautical Company in San Diego, California.
Caption: Magnesium castings of wheel hubs for the B-47 Jet Bomber, are being machined at the Pryor Manufacturing Company, Mansfield, Ohio.
Caption: Seam welding a flange joint of aluminum. (Photo courtesy of Aluminum Company of America.)
Caption: Precision-grinding aluminum alloy piston for Model "G" Enterprise Diesel Engine. Aluminum pistons give greater H.P. with the same bore and stroke than heavier metals.