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Beech Aircraft Corporation, Salina, Kansas

Beech Aircraft Corporation, Salina, Kansas
Creator: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Date: 1966
These three photographs show views of the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Salina, Kansas. The first image is a view of aviation supplies ready for production. The second and third photographs show workers assembling the aircraft parts.


Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas

Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas
Date: December 31, 1941
This black and white photograph shows the Beechcraft AT-11 production line in Wichita, Kansas. These aircrafts were used during World War II and produced by Beech Aircraft Corporation.


Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas

Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Date: Between 1940 and 1945
This black and white photograph shows the assembly line for the Douglas A-26 Invader at the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas. These planes played an important role in the European and Pacific theaters of war during World War II.


Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas

Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Date: November 1948
This black and white photograph shows the assembly line at the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas.


Beech Aricraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas

Beech Aricraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This black and white photograph shows the assembly line at the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas.


Beechcraft AT-10 twin-engine advanced pilot trainers

Beechcraft AT-10 twin-engine advanced pilot trainers
Creator: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Date: 1940s
This photograph shows a Beechcraft AT-10 Wichita. The AT-10 trainer was built for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and served as the primary training aircraft for pilots who went on to fly multi-engine bombers during the conflict.


Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35

Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35
Date: 1947
A photograph of a Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35 airplane in flight. Aviation pioneers Walter H. and Olive Ann Beech founded the Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, in 1932.


Dymaxion House, Rose Hill, Kansas

Dymaxion House, Rose Hill, Kansas
Date: Between 1948 and 1958
This black and white photograph shows the prototype of a Dymaxion House designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The word Dymaxion means DY (dynamic), MAX (maximum), and ION (tension). The house, constructed in Rose Hill, KS, was made of aluminum and used tension suspension from a central column or mast. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. Fuller hoped to convert the Beech aircraft factory in Wichita to produce these houses to give returning veterans jobs and to help resolve the shortage of homes following World War II. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.


Dymaxion house, Rose Hill, Kansas

Dymaxion house, Rose Hill, Kansas
Date: Between 1948 and 1958
This black and white photograph shows the prototype of a dymaxion house designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The word Dymaxion means DY (dynamic), MAX (maximum), and ION (tension). The house, constructed in Rose Hill, Kansas, was made of aluminum and used tension suspension from a central column or mast. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. Fuller hoped to convert the Beech aircraft factory in Wichta to produce these houses to give returning veterans jobs and to help resolve the shortage of homes following World War II. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.


Dymaxion house, Rose Hill, Kansas

Dymaxion house, Rose Hill, Kansas
Date: Between 1948 and 1958
This black and white photograph shows the prototype of a dymaxion house designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The word dymaxion means DY (dynamic), MAX (maximum), and ION (tension). The house, constructed in Rose Hill, Kansas, was made of aluminum and used tension suspension from a central column or mast. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. Fuller hoped to convert the Beech aircraft factory in Wichita to produce these houses to give returning veterans jobs and to help resolve the shortage of homes following World War II. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan.


Kansas aircraftmen standing by their riveting guns

Kansas aircraftmen standing by their riveting guns
Creator: Topeka Daily Capital
Date: June 14, 1945
This article from the Topeka Daily Capital covers the rapid decline in aviation industry jobs at the end of World War II. In particular, Wichita, Kansas, lost 22,000 aviation industry-related jobs by June 1945.


Official War Department descriptions of various military types of Beechcraft

Official War Department descriptions of various military types of Beechcraft
Creator: Beech Aircraft Corporation
Date: September 29, 1944
This pamphlet published by the Beech Aircraft Corporation describes the various models the company produced during World War II for military use. During the conflict Beechcraft airplanes served as the primary trainers for thousands of U.S. Army Air Force and U.S. Navy personnel.


Olive Ann Beech

Olive Ann Beech
Date: Between 1930 and 1940
This is a photograph of Olive Ann Beech, wife of Walter H. Beech. She was born and raised on a farm south of Waverly, Kansas. Olive Ann attended business college in Wichita and worked for the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita. She married Walter H. Beech on February 24, 1930. In 1932, they co-founded the Beech Aircraft Corporation. After her husband's death in 1950, Olive Ann assumed the position of president of the corporation and was named its chairman emeritus after her retirement in 1982. She brought the company through fifty years of growth from the Staggerwing Biplane to Skylab, and from ten employees to ten thousand. Her other honors include: woman of the Year (1951); Kansan of the Year (1958); and nomination to the NASA Space Shuttle Study Committee (1971).


Olive Ann Beech

Olive Ann Beech
Date: Between 1950 and 1955
This is an informal portrait of the "First Lady of Aviation," Olive Ann Beech (1903-1993), co-founder and President of the Beech Aircraft Corporation, standing by a Beechcraft Bonanza (Model 35) airplane. Beech was born and raised on a farm south of Waverly, Kansas. She attended business college in Wichita and worked for the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita, before marrying Walter H. Beech on February 24, 1930. In 1932, they co-founded the Beech Aircraft Corporation. After her husband's death in 1950, Beech assumed the position of president of the corporation, and was named its chairman emeritus after her retirement in 1982. She brought the company through fifty years of growth from the Staggerwing Biplane to Skylab and from ten employees to ten thousand. Her other honors include: Woman of the Year (1951); Kansan of the Year (1958); and nomination to the NASA Space Shuttle Study Committee (1971).


Travel Air Company new plant and plane

Travel Air Company new plant and plane
Date: 1927
This article from The Wichita magazine covers the construction of a new airplane and a new airplane factory by the Travel Air company of Wichita. Travel Air was formed in 1924 by Lloyd Stearman, Walter Beech, and Clyde Cessna. Despite great success during the 1920s the company eventually closed its doors during the Great Depression due to dwindling aircraft orders.


Walter Herschel Beech

Walter Herschel Beech
Date: 1926
Walter H. Beech (L), pilot and President of Beech Aircraft Corporation, and Brice H. Goldsborough, of the Pioneer Instrument Corp. and navigator, standing by a Travel Air built by Beech. They demonstrated the practicability of "blind flight" and won the 1926 Ford Reliability Tour.


Walter Herschel Beech and Olive Ann Beech

Walter Herschel Beech and Olive Ann Beech
Date: Between 1940 and 1945
Walter Herschel Beech, 1891-1950, and Olive Ann Beech, 1903-1993, viewing World War II aircraft production lines at the Beechcraft Plant I in Wichita, Kansas.


Wichita - "The air capital of America" location, terrain and weather make city aviation center

Wichita - "The air capital of America" location, terrain and weather make city aviation center
Creator: Wichita [magazine]
This article, published in the August 1927 edition of The Wichita, covers Wichita's status as the air capital of America, as well as the many manufacturers that helped give the city such a distinction. In addition, the piece covers the achievements of the Laird Swallow factory, the fact that the city has six significant airplane factories, the achievements of the Travel Air Company, and the history and work of Clyde Cessna.


Wichita made planes serve mankind in every portion of world

Wichita made planes serve mankind in every portion of world
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: January 18, 1946
This article from the Wichita Evening Eagle details the enormous contributions of Kansas aviation companies to World War II and their impact throughout the globe in both military and non-military roles. The articles' author, Captain Jack Hardwick, explains that he trained in Wichita-built airplanes and witnessed Kansas-made airplanes "in every state in the country and in every theater of war." In addition, Hardwick recalls seeing Wichita-built airplanes being used for a variety of purposes, including crop-dusting and training foreign aviators that helped secure the Allied victory in World War II.


Wichitan pioneer in development of airplane industry

Wichitan pioneer in development of airplane industry
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: April 25, 1943
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the achievements of Walter and Olive Beech. Beech's life in the aviation industry began in 1922 when he joined the Swallow Airplane Manufacturing Company. The article also addresses the role of Beech's wife, Olive, and her contribution to the success of the Beech Aircraft Company.


Willard M. Bashaw to Andrew Schoeppel

Willard M. Bashaw to Andrew Schoeppel
Date: October 20, 1944
This letter, dated October 20, 1944, was sent to Governor Andrew Schoeppel by William M. Bashaw, Outside Production Manager of the Beech Aircraft Corporation. In the letter, Bashaw praises the accomplishments of the many subcontractors throughout Kansas who assisted the Beech Aircraft Corporation throughout World War II.


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