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Wyman-Gordon 50,000-ton Hydraulic Forging Press

Location: Worcester, MA, USA
Date: 1954

This hydraulic closed-die press, among the largest fabrication tools in the world, has had a profound influence in America's leading role in commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and space technology. As part of the same Heavy Press Program that created the Mesta press, the Wyman-Gordon press was designed by the Loewy Construction Company and began operating in October 1955. Among its contributions was the development of the new jetliner Boeing 747 in the 1960s.

Tags: Era: 1950-1959
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Wyman-Gordon 50,000-ton Hydraulic Forging Press
Courtesy ASME
Wyman-Gordon 50,000-ton Hydraulic Forging Press
Wyman-Gordon Company
105 Madison Street
Worcester, MA, USA

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