BOISE -- A WWII-era Rosie the Riveter got to see a plane like the ones she worked on many years ago. The front lines in WWII were overseas, but there was a massive movement stateside to help in the war effort. Women like Charlotte Ford helped out by building and fixing planes as riveters.
Ford watched as the B-17 bomber took to the skies over Boise.
This B-17 is one of nine still flying worldwide out of about 13,000 that were built, said Scott Maher, Director of Operations for the Liberty Foundation. The B-17 was the heavy bomber and workhorse of WWII and dropped just about all the tonnage of bombs until late in the war.
The Liberty Foundation travels around the country with the plane, to share a part of history.
During WWII, the men went to the war and the women went to work.
That's what they were making, B-17 Bombers and so they put on the plane as Rosie the Riveter, said Charlotte Ford, a former riveter in WWII.
In the early 40s, Ford was working as a riveter in California. Her future husband was serving in the Army.
I was only probably 19-years-old, I never thought much about it, it was just a job during the war, said Ford.
When planes came back from war, Ford and the other Rosies helped repair them.
We patched them just like you would a piece of cloth, said Ford. Cut out a piece of aluminum and rivet all around them. We had several planes that come in.
The plane Ford saw Saturday was made in August of 1945, the year after she stopped riveting. But seeing it still brings back memories for her, and stories she can share with many generations.