Chicago’s Real Life “Rosie the Riveter” with the Blue Angels

The iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image can be found on coffee mugs, greeting cards, buttons, and if you look hard enough, even a dog t-shirt. But last week one of Chicago’s real-life Rosies fulfilled her dream of meeting the Blue Angels.

In World War II Isabelle Settle, 96, moved to Chicago to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company as a riveter on the C-54 Skymaster transport plane.  At 4’10”, Isabelle was assigned to riveting wings and her tight spaces around the aircraft.  

Isabelle spent about 20 minutes with several members of the Blue Angles chatting about widely recognized F/A-18 Hornets and the weekend’s Air and Water Show.

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