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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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


Boeing to remain integral part of industrial Wichita

Boeing to remain integral part of industrial Wichita
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: August 26, 1945
This article from the Wichita Morning Eagle details Boeing Airplane Companies wartime accomplishments and the postwar plans for its Wichita division.


City commissioners act to permit operation of buses to Wichita aircraft plants

City commissioners act to permit operation of buses to Wichita aircraft plants
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: March 31, 1942
This article, published in the Wichita Eagle, details the efforts to develop a efficient method of transporting the thousands of aircraft industry workers to their jobs at various manufacturing plants in Wichita, Kansas.


Deliver B-29 number 1,000 to U.S. Army

Deliver B-29 number 1,000 to U.S. Army
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: February 14, 1945
This article from the Wichita Eagle covers the release of the 1,000 B-29 Superfortress bomber at the Boeing Aircraft Company plant in Wichita, Kansas. On the same day the Boeing company produced its 10,346th Kaydet training airplane.


Earl Schaefer to Governor Andrew Schoeppel

Earl Schaefer to Governor Andrew Schoeppel
Creator: Schaefer, Julius Earl
Date: January 15, 1945
This letter, dated January 15, 1945, was sent to Governor Andrew Schoeppel by Boeing Vice President J. Earl Schaefer. In the letter, Schaeffer details the recent successes of Boeing's Wichita division, including the building of 100 B-29 Superfortresses a month.


First B-29 Superfortress Was Built at Cost of $3,392,396.90

First B-29 Superfortress Was Built at Cost of $3,392,396.90
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: October 15, 1944
This article, published in the October 15, 1944 edition of the Wichita Eagle, details the significant expenses related to the design, testing, and production of the B-29 Superfortresses built in Wichita, Kansas.


For immediate release

For immediate release
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: January 2, 1945
This news release from the Boeing Airplane Company details the absence percentage for workers at the company's manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas.


Fourth Army Navy "E" award goes to Cessna Aircraft Company

Fourth Army Navy "E" award goes to Cessna Aircraft Company
Date: June 23, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle addresses the awarding of the Army/Navy "E" award for excellence to the Cessna Aircraft Company. The Army/Navy "E" award was given for outstanding performance in war production.


J.E. Schaefer to Andrew Schoeppel

J.E. Schaefer to Andrew Schoeppel
Creator: Schaefer, Julius Earl
Date: November 17, 1942
In this letter Boeing Vice President J. Earl Schaefer writes to Kansas Governor Andrew Schoeppel requesting a meeting to discuss labor issues effecting the Boeing manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas.


J.E. Schaefer to W.E. Treadway

J.E. Schaefer to W.E. Treadway
Creator: Schaefer, Julius Earl
Date: March 27, 1944
This letter, from Boeing Vice President J. Earl Schaefer to Major W.E. Treadway of the Selective Service, details the Boeing Airplane Company's complaints with the way personnel were selected for either military service or service in the defense industry. Schaefer explains to Treadway that people taken from Boeing for military service only hamper the company's effort to build B-29s to meet the U.S. Army Air Force's insatiable demand for heavy bombers.


J. Earl Schaefer to Governor Andrew Schoeppel

J. Earl Schaefer to Governor Andrew Schoeppel
Creator: Schaefer, Julius Earl
Date: February 9, 1945
This letter details the Boeing Airplane Companies completion of the 1,000th B-29 Superfortress and the 10,346th Kaydet primary training airplane. In the letter, Boeing Vice President J. Earl Schaefer asks Governor Andrew Schoeppel of Kansas if he would be able to attend the unveiling of the two aircraft.


Kansas Cities Share Wichita Plane Millions

Kansas Cities Share Wichita Plane Millions
Creator: Topeka Capital
Date: May 7, 1944
This article from the Topeka Capital details the success of the airplane building effort in Wichita, Kansas, and its monetary impact on other cities and towns in the state. In particular, many parts and other production-related items were sub-contracted to factories in towns like Coffeyville and Hutchinson.


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.


Kansas girl is inspector in aircraft plant

Kansas girl is inspector in aircraft plant
Creator: Kansas City Times
Date: July 22, 1942
This clipping, published in the Kansas City Times, shows Edna Allen. Allen, a farmer's daughter from Halstead, Kansas, served as an inspector at the Cessna Aircraft Company Plant during World War II.


Kansas has sent 1,400 Forts on raids into Jap homeland

Kansas has sent 1,400 Forts on raids into Jap homeland
Creator: Topeka Daily Capital
Date: June 15, 1945
This article from the Topeka Daily Capital addresses the importance of the B-29 to the U.S. war effort, as well as the Kansas workers that manufactured the huge airplanes. In addition, the article details the postwar plans of the Culver and Boeing airplane manufacturers.


Little tough guy

Little tough guy
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1944
This article, published in the December 1944 edition of the Boeing Magazine, details the success of the Boeing/Stearman-built Kaydet biplane. Produced by the thousands during World War II, the Kaydet was used to train numerous U.S. pilots.


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