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Betty Belle Gardner is holding a model transport plane to be placed in the wind tunnel in the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory, 1943

Betty Belle Gardner is holding a model transport plane to be placed in the wind tunnel in the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory, 1943

Title

Betty Belle Gardner is holding a model transport plane to be placed in the wind tunnel in the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory, 1943

Description

Betty Belle Gardner (Parsons, Kansas) is getting an advance taste of work in the wind tunnel in the Aeronautical Laboratory. She is about to replace a wing section in the mouth of the tunnel with a model transport plane.
During World War II, the Curtiss-Wright Corporation sponsored an engineering program for women students at several American universities, including Iowa State University. The Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes were trained in drafting, stress analysis, materials lab, aerodynamics, and production liaison. Once the program was completed, the cadettes received an engineering certificate. The cadettes were not fully trained engineers, but were given adequate training so that they could assist engineers with their jobs. The company hoped their engineers would be able to accomplish more in less time with the aid of trained assistants. The courses began on February 15, 1943 with 100 cadets enrolled. When the course was completed 90 women out of the original 100 graduated, with 84 of the graduates being employed at the Curtiss-Wright Corporation plant in St. Louis.

Creator

Iowa State University

Source

RS 13/16/F.Curtiss-Wright.1110-001-007

Publisher

Iowa State University Library Special Collections: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/index.html

Date

1943
2013-01-25

Rights

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Relation

University Photographs; http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/collections/images.html

Format

Photograph
20.2 x 25.5 cm

Type

Image; Record series
Image

Identifier

13-16-F.Curtiss-Wright.1110-001-007
http://cdm16001.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15031coll15/id/1394