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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.


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.


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.


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.


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