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10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces

10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: July 29, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle covers the release of the 10,000 Boeing/Stearman Kaydet training airplane and the B-29 "X" airplane. Both airplanes had their production numbers painted on their fuselage to represent their respective milestones in aircraft production. The "X" on the B-29 denoted the fact that the official production numbers for the B-29 were classified during World War II.


1000 B-29's

1000 B-29's
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
This article, published in the March 1945 edition of the Boeing Magazine, covers the completion of the 1,000 B-29 Superfortress in Wichita, Kansas.


A.E. Hunt's 'aeroplane' that never flew used principles involved in today's whirlies

A.E. Hunt's 'aeroplane' that never flew used principles involved in today's whirlies
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: January 8, 1956
This article published in the the Wichita Eagle deals with the accomplishments of early aviation enthusiast A.E. Hunt. Hunt, of Jetmore, Kansas, built a flying machine in 1910 containing design elements that would later be refined and used in some of the world's first helicopters. In fact, the article compares the features found on Hunt's rotary aircraft to a Cessna CH-1 helicopter in order to demonstrate the similarities between the basic elements of each craft's design.


Aeroplane stabilizing mechanism

Aeroplane stabilizing mechanism
Date: November 11, 1919
This patent drawing and description depicts and describes Frank Dove's Aeroplance Stabilizing Mechanism. Dove, a resident of Topeka, Kansas, who worked with Albin Longren, applied for the patent on February 6, 1918, and the patent itself was issued on November 11, 1919. Dove's mechanism provided increased control and helped stabilize airplanes in flight.


Airplane fuselage loaded on a Kansas City Southern Railroad flatcar

Airplane fuselage loaded on a Kansas City Southern Railroad flatcar
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This is a photograph showing an airplane fuselage loaded on Kansas City Southern Railroad's flatcar #523.


Airport, Wichita, Kansas

Airport, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1969
This is a photo of the interior of a control tower looking outside to the taxiway and parking area at the airport, Wichita, Kansas.


Airport, Wichita, Kansas

Airport, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This is a photo of the exterior of the control tower at the Wichita, Kansas, airport.


Albin K. Longren

Albin K. Longren
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows inventor and aviator Albin K. Longren posing with an Indian motorcycle. The following has been written across the bottom of the photograph "Longren Clay Center, Kansas."


Albin K. Longren

Albin K. Longren
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
A portrait of Albin K. Longren, who in 1911, constructed and flew his first pusher-type biplane, dubbed the Topeka I. That flight earned him the distinction of being the first to manufacture within Kansas a successfully-flown aircraft. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in aviation for Longren. As an aviator, he barnstormed throughout the Midwest, making a total of 1,372 exhibition flights from 1911 - 1914 without a major mishap. Longren channeled his income from barnstorming into his more serious interest of aircraft design and construction in his Topeka factory.


Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane

Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane
Date: Between 1911 and 1916
This is a photo of Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane surrounded by a group of unidentified people. Longren and his wife Dolly opened an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. Longren's factory was the first successful aircraft manufacturing firm in Kansas.


Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane

Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane
Date: Between 1916 and 1920
This is a photo of Philip Billard sitting in Albin K. Longren's No. 6, Model G airplane (biplane) which was built in 1916. Longren and his wife Dolly opened an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. Longren's factory was the first successful aircraft manufacturing firm in Kansas.


Albin K. Longren's first flight

Albin K. Longren's first flight
Date: September 2, 1911
A postcard showing Albin K. Longren taking his first flight in plane number 1. The plane built by Longren was powered with a Type A-2 Hall-Scott, eight cylinder, water cooled, 60 H.P. motor. He built and flew the airplane without any prior experience.


Albin K. Longren airplane

Albin K. Longren airplane
Date: 1911
Photo of Albin K. Longren's first airplane


Albin K. Longren airplane

Albin K. Longren airplane
Date: 1912
This photo shows Philip Billard sitting in an Albin K. Longren airplane. Longren and his wife Dolly opened an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. Longren's factory was the first successful aircraft manufacturing firm in Kansas.


Albin K. Longren with his airplane in Topeka, Kansas

Albin K. Longren with his airplane in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Boeger, Topeka
Date: May 16, 1912
A photograph showing Albin K. Longren with his first airplane on the Topeka Fair grounds in Topeka, Kansas. This plane was flown for the first time on September 2, 1911, and was the first sucessful airplane built in Kansas. It was powered with the first eight cylinder motor owned within the state of Kansas. The motor was a type A-2 Hall-Scott, 8 cylinder, water cooled, detachable heads, 60 horsepower, bore 4" and stroke 4".


Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album

Albin Kasper Longren's photograph album
Date: 1912-1921
This photograph album documents a number of airplanes (biplanes)designed, built and flown by Albin Kasper Longren. He built and flew Topeka's first aircraft on September 2, 1911. At two different times, Longren tried to establish an airplane factory in Topeka, Kansas. His second factory was in an abandoned woolen mill in Oakland, a neighborhood in Topeka, Kansas. The album contains photographs of the exterior and interior of this factory and numerous views of planes and plane parts. Longren's planes were well received, but his business failed because he had difficulty manufacturing numbers of planes. There are two images of a plane parked at the entrance to Gage Park in Topeka. Longren did exhibition flying at county fairs and other events in the region under the name Longren Aviators Exhibition Flyers. The album also has images of biplanes at Coffeyville, Anthony, Stockton, and other locations in Kansas as well as at least one image taken in the following states: Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas. Longren built a plane the was purchased by Phillip Billard, a Topeka aviator, and there are images of this plane in the album.


Albin Kasper Longren and Dolly Longren with plane #5

Albin Kasper Longren and Dolly Longren with plane #5
Date: 1914
A photograph showing Dolly Longren at the controls of Longren airplane #5. Albin Kasper Longren the designer and builder is standing by the plane.


Albin Longren's first airplane

Albin Longren's first airplane
Date: November 25, 1911
View of Albin Longren's first airplane in Winfield, Kansas.


Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls

Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls
Date: August 19, 1935
This photograph shows Amelia Earhart Putnam and Laura Houghtaling Ingalls, descending from a TWA "Sky Chief" airplane that stopped briefly at the municipal airport in Wichita, Kansas. The two female aviators were headed for Los Angeles, California.


Andrew Schoeppel to James Boyack

Andrew Schoeppel to James Boyack
Creator: Schoeppel, Andrew Frank, 1894-1962
Date: April 20, 1943
In this letter Kansas Governor Andrew F. Schoeppel informs James E. Boyack that he can not provide detailed information concerning Kansas' contributions to the war effort that Boyack wanted, for the 1943 addition of the aviation yearbook Aerosphere, because of the secret nature of the information. However, Schoeppel does praise the achievements of Kansas' aviation companies up to that point in World War II.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division, Los Angeles, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division, Los Angeles, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
These three black and white photographs show the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division in Los Angeles, California. This division of Santa Fe Industries, Inc., offered world-wide freight forwarding service.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division, Los Angeles, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division, Los Angeles, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1969
These two black and white photographs show the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division in Los Angeles, California. This division of Santa Fe Industries, Inc., offered world-wide freight forwarding service.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division, Los Angeles, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division, Los Angeles, California
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
These two black and white photographs show the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight division in Los Angeles, California. This division of Santa Fe Industries, Inc., offered world-wide freight forwarding service.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight headquarters, Dallas, Texas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight headquarters, Dallas, Texas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1970 and 1978
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's air freight headquarters in Dallas, Texas. This division of Santa Fe Industries, Inc., offered world-wide freight forwarding services.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's freight operations

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's freight operations
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1946 and 1956
This composite photograph shows the modes of freight services offered by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company.


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