This black and white documentary, Wright Builds for Supremacy, is a film on how to create and build Curtiss-Wright aircraft engines, and was probably produced around 1941 to 1942. The documentary was presented by Wright Aeronautical Corporation which was in business from 1919-1929 and then merged with Curtiss to form Curtiss-Wright, remaining one of the divisions of that corporation. This film was narrated by Lowell Thomas, an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, and was produced by Audio Productions, Inc.
Wright Flyer, the Wright Brothers plane, flying at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 1903 (0:33-0:52). The Wright Company building of 1903 in Dayton, Ohio (0:53-0:55). Wright Brothers Paterson, New Jersey plant built in 1927-1928 (0:56-1:22). 1940 Wright Brothers plant number 2 was built in Paterson (1:23-1:47). Plant number 3 was built at Fairlawn, New Jersey (1:50-2:09). Plant in Cincinnati, Ohio (2:16-2:32). Inside the assembly plant showing the rows of machines (2:33-3:03). Wright Engineering – showing a large rooms of engineers going about their jobs (3:07-3:41). Making a cylinder head molding – making the molding using sand casting (3:55-5:23). The core is inserted into the mold (5:27-5:53). Molten aluminum being poured into mold (5:58-6:13). Mold broken open to find the cylinder head (6:17-6:33). Cylinder heads are cleaned (6:35-6:39). Scene inside a factory (6:40-7:00). Milling machine (7:01-7:09). Drills drill the holes out (7:10-7:25). Machining the cylinder barrels (7:26-8:08). Cylinder barrels placed in nitrite barrels (8:15-9:02). Grinding done to them (9:03-9:33). Completed barrels (9:35-9:54). Cylinder heads having barrels applied (10:01-10:37). Cylinder bore ground to smooth finish (10:38-10:54). Honing machine (10:55-11:06). Wright R-1820 Cyclone 14 crankcase (11:18-11:46). Gears being made (11:47-12:42). Testing the balance of the shaft (12:43-13:04). Checking the accuracy of parts and gears using optical and electrical gauges, super micrometers, dial indicators, Johansson blocks or jo blocks (13:06-14:17). Involute checking machine (14:17-14:27). Liquid iron oxide wash (14:44-15:07). Quality assurance (15:23-15:35). Engine blocks (15:37-16:01). Parts assembled (16:04-16:32). Cyclone 14 crankcase (16:33-16:38). Dampers (16:54-16:58). Engine sub assembly (17:11-17:14). Right uniflow piston with cylinder (18:18-18:58). Precision torque wrench (19:04-19:08). Supercharger (19:24-19:32). Carburetor (19:48-20:00). Magneto (20:00-20:08). Completed whirlwind engines (20:13-20:24). Completed Wright R-1820 cyclone 9 engines produced 1930-1950 (20:29-20:33). Wright R-2600 Twin Cyclone engine used 1930s and 1940s (20:37-20:43). Test cells test the engines (20:45-21:30). Engine tore down and inspected (21:38-22:06). Engines wrapped and boxed (22:07-22:37). 1940s Chevy trucks (22:41-22:50). Braniff Airways plane in business 1928-1982 (23:00-23:02). Canadian Colonial Airways was in business from 1929-1942 (23:03-23:07). Pennsylvania Central Airlines flew between New York City and Birmingham, Alabama and crashed January, 1946 (23:08-23:13). Delta Airlines (23:14-23:19). Chicago & Southern airlines flew from 1934 -1950s when it merged with Delta Airlines (23:33-23:41). Boeing 314 Clipper airplane introduced in 1939 (23:48-24:01). War planes of the 1930s (24:08-24:30). Wright Aircraft Engines logo (25:13-25:18

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