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Stearman C-3B

Stearman C-3B
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: Possibly 1927
This photograph shows the Stearman C-3B, the first model of Stearman airplane produced in Wichita after the company moved to Kansas from Venice, California. The C-3B was designed for both mail and passenger service. In addition, it was the type of plane Charles Lindbergh used to survey air routes for Transcontinental and Western Airways.


Travel Air Model 2000

Travel Air Model 2000
Date: 1925
These two photographs show the Travel Air Company's Model 2000 biplane. Powered by air-cooled Wright Whirlwind J-5 engines, many Model 2000s were used as training planes as late as 1942.


Wichita's golden air age began 50 years ago in Swallow biplane

Wichita's golden air age began 50 years ago in Swallow biplane
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: May 1, 1970
This article published in the Wichita Eagle covers the history of the Swallow Aircraft Manufacturing Company and its founder, Emil Matthew Laird. The article also details Laird's first flight in a Swallow biplane, the contributions of Swallow employees Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman, and the overall contributions of Wichita to the American aviation industry.


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.


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