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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.


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

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'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 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.


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 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
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 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
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 & 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, 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.


A trip with the camera man

A trip with the camera man
Date: 1940
This silent film by an unknown photographer features various businesses and industries in Lawrence, Kansas. The film begins with children playing on a playground followed by an airplane landing at an airport. The photographer visits an airplane factory, the Wister Chevrolet Co. car dealer and repair shop, a roller skating rink, the L. T. Harris Co. Oil-O-Matic appliance dealer, a shooting range, a machine shop, an ice plant, the Hall Brothers truck lines, the Cadwell chick hatchery, and a restaurant. The film ends with a plane taking off from the airport.


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.


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


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