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Throwback Thursday: B-24 assembly line in 1942

With thousands of workers, the bomber plant on the westside of Fort Worth has been making military aircraft for decades.

On April 17, 1942, the first Consolidated Aircraft Corp. B-24 Liberator made at the plant took off and flew over Fort Worth.

This throwback photo shows the B-24 assembly line as workers put together several aircraft at one time. The B-24 Liberator was a bomber plane used primarily over Germany during World War II.

At the time, the plane employed 2,500 workers, many who lived in “Liberator Village,” a small community of government-built apartments near the plant. The plant produced 2,743 B-24s during the 1940s.