Rosie Makes Her Appearance!

J. Howard Miller poster of "Rosie the Riveter" used by the War Production Co-ordinating Committee.

A surprise appearance of a real "Rosie the Riveter" highlighted the day at the One Week Wonder today. "Rosie", reported to be 94 years old, arrived in costume complete with red bandana, was accompanied by her daughter and pulled a rivet on the RV-12iS wing.

The event was apparently spontaneous and we haven't found anyone with a photograph but we'd love to see one! (The build team was too focused on their work and this KITPLANES "embedded reporter" wasn't present at the time.)

UPDATE 8/3/2018: We hear from John L. Brecher who said: "I was working teaching folks how to pull a rivet. I had the privilege of showing her how to do it!" and he sent us this photo:

Louise Hose

Louise Hose is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who regularly flies her RV-6, her husband’s RV-8, and an RV-3B and a Dream Tundra, which they built together. They live in Dayton Valley Airpark in Nevada. She also edits the monthly, free digital newsletter, The Homebuilder’s Portal by KITPLANES®.

2 Replies to “Rosie Makes Her Appearance!”

  1. I believe that may be Connie Palacioz.

    She helped build B-29s including Doc.

    "Connie Palacioz, age 92, has kept track of hers. “All my rivets are still there, except for seven,” she assures me, pointing proudly toward Doc on the runway apron. Palacioz means the fasteners she personally installed over 70 years ago. As a teenage assembly line worker at Boeing’s Wichita Plant 2, she riveted her way from the forward pressure bulkhead to the nose of hundreds of Superforts, including Doc."

    Cheers, David

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