Audio Recording Working in the Inspection Department at Wright's Aeronautical

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Working in the Inspection Department at Wright's Aeronautical
Contributor Names
Basileo, Angelo (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Work processes
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon
-  Interview with Angelo Basileo at his home in Haledon, New Jersey.
-  Summary of audio segment: While he was at Wright's he was in inspection. He used to inspect the cylinder heads. "I think I pumped water in it and I would pump it up to certain pounds and if they leak, they're cracked. And they don't, they're alright. And sometimes rocker valve covers -- they are aluminum. Used to check them too, for cracks. There was some kind of an acid you put on anything that looked like a crack. You put this acid on and it would start to bubble, I don't know. But another fellow and I, we quit that and then we traveled to California and back." Why go to California? Angelo: "Well, one of the fellows that we knew, he had done the same thing. He came back, and [puts his hands out] 'Oh, it's nice out there. . . .' This and that. So I had a young fellow I used to pal around with. He was working and I was working at Wright's. He wasn't at Wright's though, I was. He agreed to go if I would go. I quit my job at Wright's. You know, they were sorry to see me go. They said, 'You come back and you can get your job back again, it'll be like a leave of absence.'"
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A008
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Basileo, Angelo, and Robert McCarl. Working in the Inspection Department at Wright's Aeronautical. -08-11, 1994. Audio.

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Basileo, A. & McCarl, R. (1994) Working in the Inspection Department at Wright's Aeronautical. -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Basileo, Angelo, and Robert McCarl. Working in the Inspection Department at Wright's Aeronautical. -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.