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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.


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 T-34, Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, Kansas

Beechcraft T-34, Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, Kansas
Date: September 12, 1954
This official U.S. Navy photograph shows a Beechcraft T-34 aircraft, in front of the operation tower, following its flying demonstration for the Navy Relief, Kansas Centennial Air Show, at the Hutchinson Naval Air Station, in Hutchinson, Kansas.


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.


Warren Barrand video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Warren Barrand video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Barrand, Warren 'Blue'
Date: August 24, 2007
Warren "Blue" Barrand was inducted into the Army (Artillery) in 1944 and served until 1946 in the 7th Army, 79th Field Artillery Group. Interviewed by Deborah Pye on Aug 24, 2007, Barrand talked about military experiences in training and in Germany during the Second World War. Barrand was born in 1923 in Leona, Kansas. He got most of his education in Powhattan, Kansas, graduating from high school there. From 1941 until he joined the military in 1944, he worked at Beechcraft in Wichita. He was part of the ground test crew for the B-29. He was assigned the the infantry and became a airplane mechanic. He left the Army in 1946 and attended college on the G. I. Bill. He got an economics degree from Kansas University and worked as a certified public account in Lawrence, Kansas. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Wesley Agnew interview, Bonham, Texas

Wesley Agnew interview, Bonham, Texas
Creator: Agnew, Wesley Elwood
Date: August 18, 2011
This transcript of an interview with Wesley Agnew is part of an oral history project entitled "Patterns of Change, Edwards County, Kansas 1950-1970" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Agnew talks of his family, education, military career, and his memories of the Edwards County community.


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.


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