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The American Aircraft Factory in World War II
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The American Aircraft Factory in World War II

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by Bill Yenne
 

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Few industrial phenomena have been as dramatic as the United States’ mid-20th-century shift from peacetime to wartime production. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II documents the production of legendary warbirds by companies like Boeing, North American, Curtiss, Consolidated, Douglas, Grumman, and Lockheed. It was a production unmatched by

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Few industrial phenomena have been as dramatic as the United States’ mid-20th-century shift from peacetime to wartime production. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II documents the production of legendary warbirds by companies like Boeing, North American, Curtiss, Consolidated, Douglas, Grumman, and Lockheed. It was a production unmatched by any other country and a crucial part of why the allies won the war.

Author Bill Yenne considers the prewar governmental acts that got the plants rolling, as well as the gender shift that occurred as women entered the work force like never before. He also describes the construction of megafactories like Willow Run, factory design considerations, and the postwar conversion back to peacetime production. Illustrated with 175 period photographs—including 50 rare color photos never before seen in print.

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“The American Aircraft Factory in World War II by Bill Yenne is truly magnificent. When I first had the book in my hand I thought “coffee table book”. After reading the book and looking at the pictures it is so much more. It is a wonderful tribute to the men and women who built the airplanes. It is an excellent history of the aircraft industry in the Unites States….The photographs in the book are amazing. I have never seen so many high quality photographs of this era in one collection. Without the pictures the book is a wonderful history of the aircraft industry. With the pictures it is transformed into a work of art. I highly recommend the book for all aviation and World War II buffs. It would be an excellent addition to community and public school libraries as well. This is a masterpiece that will stand the test of time.”

—Kepler’s Military History Book Review

“In the American Aircraft Factory in World War II, Yenne pays fitting tribute to the cultural, military and social influence that American planes had on the American way of life during the Second World War. Readers will find it difficult not to become fans of military aviation history and of the men and women who gave us that history on the factory floors of America and in the skies over Europe and the Pacific Rim.”

—BiblioBuffet

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760339138
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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FlyPast, December 2006“Lavishly illustrated, landscape-format tribute to the huge US war machine that churned out over 304,000 aircraft between 1939 and 1945. The format and large size of this book was dictated by sheer scale and drama of the illustrations within. Incredible views of production lines are balanced with images of countless ‘Rosie the Riveters’ at work, plus engineers, test pilots and designers. Pictures are mostly black and white, but with good amounts of color—all spectacularly reproduced. The author knits a careful narrative around the imagery.”WWII History, March 2007“No story is more emblematic of the all-out industrial effort that that of the American aircraft industry. And no book captures that effort better than this handsome, oversized work by Bill Yenne. Using 125 exquisitely detailed black-and-white photos and 50 color shots, Yenne captures the hustle, bustle, and sheer muscle that was required to turn steel and aluminum into the legendary aircraft of the day—the fighters, transports, and bombers—that helped win the war. The stunning collection of photographs takes the reader onto the famous assembly lines at Boeing, Consolidated, Douglas, GM, Vultee, Martin, Lockheed, and many others, and shows the tremendous amount of work and dedication that went into the manufacture of each aircraft. This beautiful book is truly a magnificent tribute to the men and women who toiled round the clock in the war plants at home so that our boys overseas had the tools of war they needed. All Aviation buffs will want this one.”

Aviation History, March 2007“Bill Yenne keeps his reputation for consistent quality in his nostalgic book The American Aircraft Factory in World War II…Yenne supports his text with an amazing collection of photographs, a few familiar to aviation buffs, but many others seen here for the first time. This compilation clearly represents an extensive research effort. All in all, The American Aircraft Factory in World War II tells the story of how the United States and its diverse population responded to a crisis in a positive manner, one that benefited the world in their day—and which may also serve to inspire new generations.”Midwest Book Review, December 2006"An eye-catching, outstanding production."

In Flight USA, January 2007

“Yenne, one of the best present-day chroniclers of aviation history, ably merges text and images to give a sense of the efficiency and even beauty of American ‘Yankee’ ingenuity at its best. The text is crisp and efficient, but the images are what give the book its edge. From the early images of aviation workers in full suits and ties to the surprising color shots of factory workers, the book underlines the glamour and, dare I say, coolness of a bygone era.”

Meet the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen nonfiction books on historical topics. His books on aviation and military history have included Area 51 Black Jets—which T. D. Barmes, formerly with NASA High Range and Area 51 Special Projects, described as "not a book that the reader will lay down and not finish. It holds one's interest from front to back." Yenne has also contributed to encyclopedias of World War I and World War II and has been featured in several documentaries which have aired on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and ARD German Television. The Wall Street Journal notes that Yenne writes "with a cinematic vividness." Yenne has also authored ten novels and has penned several books on beer and brewing history, including Beer: The Ultimate World Tour.

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