Machining the azimuth bearing box for Very Large Array (VLA) antenna #4 in Hobbs, NM, January 1976. The VLA antenna contractor was E-Systems, Garland Division, Dallas, Texas. They used a fabrication plant in Hobbs belonging to Structures, Inc. to fabricate the various steel antenna structural parts, and parts were then shipped to the VLA for final assembly. Thanks to Lew Serna for background information on this photo.
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