Walter and Olive Ann Beech look out over the wartime production line that almost overflows with airplanes. The photograph apparently used mirrors to make the factory output look even more daunting to any Axis spy who might happen upon it. Courtesy
Coleman company flier.
Complete with huge dual wheels of the main landing gear and two of the four 2,000-horsepower engines, the 17-ton main, center wing section of a B-29 Superfortress is lowered to join the fuselage bomb bay section as the plane begins to take shape, at the Wichita, Kansas, Boeing plant, on Oct. 13, 1944. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS
A prototype of a Dymaxion House designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The word Dymaxion means DY (dynamic), MAX (maximum), and ION (tension). The house, constructed in Rose Hill, KS, was made of aluminum and used tension suspension from a central column or mast. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. Fuller hoped to convert the Beech aircraft factory in Wichta to produce these houses to give returning veterans jobs and to help resolve the shortage of homes following World War II. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
Date: Between 1948 and 1958 Courtesy
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.
Date: 1947 Courtesy
World War II era poster of a drawing of General Dwight D. Eisenhower in uniform. Courtesy Photos
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress under construction at the Boeing Wichita plant in this undated photo. The B-29 was a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that was flown primarily by the United States in World War II and the Korean War. The B-29 remained in service in various roles throughout the 1950s. The B-29 was used to drop the atomic bomb over Japan in August of 1945. Courtesy
General Dwight D. Eisenhower in World War II. Courtesy photo
General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, sits at the wheel of his jeep somewhere in France, as he prepares to drive to meet representatives of each Allied country to deliver his Christmas message to all Allied forces, December 28, 1944. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS
A view of male and female employees working on B-29 Superfortress airplanes at the Boeing Airplane Company plant in Wichita, Kansas. Date:
1943 Courtesy Photos
War era Beech assembly line.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower made this face in Coblenz, Germany, April 11, 1951 when he heard the news that Gen. Douglas MacArthur has been relieved by President Truman as U.N. Commander in the Far East. (AP Photo) AP
Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower visits paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division at the Royal Air Force base in Greenham Common, England, three hours before the men board their planes to participate in the first assault wave of the invasion of the continent of Europe, June 5, 1944. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS
In Feb. 1945, Boeing employees attached currency and coins for the March of Dimes to the 1,000 B-29 delivered from Wichita. The contributions to fight polio totalled $10,562. The Wichita Division of Boeing Airplane Company built nearly 1,800 B-29s before production ended. Courtesy
A U.S. Army B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, with its bomb bay doors open, is seen mid-flight on July 25, 1944 during World War II. The major destructive force of the Boeing B-29 is the specially designed twin bomb bays arranged to carry either large or small bombs in a mixed load. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is shown in flight in an undated photo. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress wait for delivery at the Boeing Wichita plant in this undated photo. The B-29 was a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that was flown primarily by the United States in World War II and the Korean War. The B-29 remained in service in various roles throughout the 1950s. The B-29 was used to drop the atomic bomb over Japan in August of 1945. Courtesy
Size of the bomb bays on a Boeing B-29 Superfortress is illustrated where the bomb bay sections are mounted in jigs. Ribs of the bomb bay (called circumferentials) are shown hanging on the racks in the foreground, in the Wichita plant, Aug. 8, 1944. This scenario is being duplicated in four other factories where B-29 are in production. (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS