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Alcoa Forging Division, Mesta 50,000-Ton Closed Die Forging Press, 1600 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH



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Location
1600 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland, OH

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER OH-64
Building/structure dates: 1955 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1974 subsequent work
Significance: The Mesta 50,000-Ton Forging Press represents the culmination of many years' attempts to build heavy presses. Motivated by Cold War fears and the demand for new aircraft brought on by the Korean War, the Industrial Resources Division and Air Material Command of the United States Air Force instituted a "Heavy Press Program" during the early 1950's. The program aimed to create presses large enough to make complex castings needed for new aircraft designs.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Mesta Press looking east, during preparation of die
2. Mesta Press looking east, during preparation of die
3. South elevation of Mesta Press, looking north
4. Oven used for heating metal before insertion in Press
5. Truck fitted with special clamp for insertion and removal of die into Press
6. Die being inserted into east side of Press
7. East side of Press
8. West side of Press
9. North elevation showing control panel for Press in foreground
10. Press looking northwest
11. Press looking southwest
12. Press looking southwest, closer detail
13. Die in place
14. View of area beneath press
15. Water tanks and air valves involved in moving press
16. Aluminum ring lathe and product
17. Titanium bulkhead for F-15 jet airplane before pressing
18. Bulkhead after pressing
19. Parts processed on Press intended for U.S. space shuttle
20. C-5-A aircraft parts to be inserted in Press
BULKHEAD AFTER PRESSING
C-5-A AIRCRAFT PARTS TO BE INSERTED IN PRESS


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