The American Aircraft Factory in World War II [NOOK Book]

Overview

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.

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The American Aircraft Factory in World War II

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610600866
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: HISTORY / Military / World War II
  • Sales rank: 353,329
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author


Bill Yenne is the author of more than two dozen books, including Attack of the Drones: A History of Unmanned Aerial Combat, Secret Weapons of the Cold War, Secret Weapons of World War II, The History of the U.S. Air Force, and SAC: A Primer of Strategic Air Power. Yenne was a contributor and aviation consultant to the Simon & Schuster D-Day Encyclopedia and worked with legendary U.S. Air Force General Curtis E. LeMay on Superfortress: The B-29 and American Airpower in World War II. He is also a regular contributor to International Air Power Review. Yenne lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter One: America’s First PlanemakersChapter Two: Backing into World War IIChapter Three: Aircraft Factories Go to WarChapter Four: The Peak of ProductionChapter Five: Toward Victory and Beyond

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