A Look Inside Airbus’s Epic Assembly Line

A wealth of gorgeous photography following an Airbus 321 through assembly in Mobile, AL, and this very telling paragraph about how American manufacturing jobs have changed over the years (The New York Times):

Almost a third of American factory workers now hold four-year college degrees, a trend that reflects the increasingly cerebral nature of the work. At the Airbus factory, few end the day with dirty hands or tired muscles. Even the physical work requires care more than force; it’s in the fingers, not the shoulders. The final assembly-line hangar at the heart of the Airbus campus in Mobile is flooded with light and eerily quiet. When I visited in March, I could hear a worker whistling all the way from the other side of the vast hall.

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