Airplane Stabilizer Tail

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1943

Part of Charles and Ray’s experimentation with molded plywood included the production of stabilizers and other aircraft parts for manufacturers such as Vultee Aircraft.

The Eameses had to create larger, more complex versions of their original “Kazam! machine” as well as new tooling made to prescribed aircraft specifications. They also found that forming the large plywood sections required a tremendous amount of pressure and precise control over factors such as humidity and curing times.

Charles and Ray’s success with aircraft parts was what they often called a learning-by-doing process. Ultimately, it assisted them in their ongoing quest to create high-quality, low-cost molded plywood furniture.