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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.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's rail shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's rail shipment
Creator: Boeing Company
Date: 1967
This black and white photograph shows a flatcar from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment
Creator: Boeing Company
Date: 1967
This black and white photograph shows a flatcar from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment
Date: 1967
This black and white photograph shows a flatcar from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment
Date: 1967
This black and white photograph shows flatcars from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment
Date: 1967
This black and white photograph shows a flatcar from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment
Creator: Boeing Company
Date: 1967
This black and white photograph shows a flatcar from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's railway shipment
Creator: Boeing Company
Date: 1967
These two black and white photographs show flatcars from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company moving aircraft parts from the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe flat car ATSF 90081 modified to transport sections of the Boeing 737 jet liner.

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe flat car ATSF 90081 modified to transport sections of the Boeing 737 jet liner.
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: November 1966
Atchison, Topeka,and Santa Fe flat car ATSF 90081. It was modified to transport sections of the Boeing 737 jet liner from the factory in Wichita, Kansas to Renton, Washington for assembly. The flat car is 53 feet in length. The photo shows the loading area at the factory.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe flatcar carrying a Boeing 737 forward section piece

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe flatcar carrying a Boeing 737 forward section piece
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: November 1966
Photograph of an ATSF flatcar carrying a Boeing 737 forward section piece in Wichita, Kansas.


B-29 backlog of 1 1/2 billion dollars held

B-29 backlog of 1 1/2 billion dollars held
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: December 30, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the huge demands placed on the Boeing Aircraft Company by the War Department which needed more B-29s for the U.S. air effort in World War II. Totaling over $1,150,000,000.00 in new orders, the War Department's requirements led Boeing employees to work around the clock to produce the requisite number of aircraft.


B-29 is city's big contribution to the war effort

B-29 is city's big contribution to the war effort
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: June 15, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the features of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The B-29, the most powerful U.S. bomber during World War II, put Wichita on the map and provided the city with the tremendous influx of money and people that were required to build the airplane.


B-29 is rated as deceptive in appearance

B-29 is rated as deceptive in appearance
Date: June 16, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the experience of a Wichita Eagle writer and their flight in a B-29.


Biggest land transport

Biggest land transport
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1944
This article, published in the November 1944 edition of the Boeing Magazine, details the development of the Boeing 377 airliner. Produced at the end of World War II, the 377 Stratocruiser owed its development to the success of earlier Boeing airplanes, such as the B-29.


Boeing Airplane Company, Wichita, Kansas

Boeing Airplane Company, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1943
This is a view of men and women employees working on B-29 Superfortress airplanes at the Boeing Airplane Company plant in Wichita, Kansas.


Boeing B-29 Bomber

Boeing B-29 Bomber
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
View of a B-29 Superfortress bomber in flight.


Boeing B-29 Bomber

Boeing B-29 Bomber
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
View of a Boeing B-29 Bomber on the runway.


Boeing B-29 Bomber

Boeing B-29 Bomber
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
View of a Boeing B-29 Bomber in flight.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Creator: Hollabaugh, Jack
Date: Between 1944 and 1945
A postcard with a drawing of two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses built in Wichita, Kansas. The two planes were purchased in bond drives by Boeing employees. 'Eddie Allen', named for America's leading test pilot and aviation pioneer, and '293', named for the bomber lost in the first B-29 raid over Japan.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Date: Between 1944 and 1950
A postcard showing unidentified Wellington, Kansas citizens with a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The residents of Wellington raised a total of $685,000 in their Sixth War Loan Campaign, and with that money they purchased and presented to the Army Air Forces this Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The photograph was probably taken in Wichita, Kansas where the airplane was built.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress Production in Wichita

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Production in Wichita
Date: 1941-1945
Final assembly line point in Wichita for the completed Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers ready for delivery to the United States Air Force during World War II.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress and a PT-17 Kaydet

Boeing B-29 Superfortress and a PT-17 Kaydet
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
This photograph shows two aircraft that were very important to the U.S. Army Air Forces, and the U.S. war effort as a whole, during World War II. While vastly different in both size and capability, each plane fulfilled a vital role during the conflict.


Boeing B-29 bomber

Boeing B-29 bomber
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
View of a Boeing B-29 Bomber in flight.


Boeing adds to list of achievements in plane industry

Boeing adds to list of achievements in plane industry
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: April 25, 1943
This article from the Wichita Eagle covers the Boeing Aircraft Company's completion of the 7,000th trainer airplane for the U.S. Armed Forces. By 1943, Boeing was producing a trainer airplane every 90 minutes.


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