Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth's Military Legacy

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Named after Mexican War general William Jenkins Worth, Fort Worth began as a military post in 1849. More than a century and a half later, the defense industry remains Fort Worth's major strength with Lockheed Martin's F-35s and Bell Helicopter's Ospreys flying the skies over the city. Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth's Military Legacy covers the entire military history of Fort Worth from the 1840s with tiny Bird's Fort to the massive defense plants of the first decade of the ...

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Overview

Named after Mexican War general William Jenkins Worth, Fort Worth began as a military post in 1849. More than a century and a half later, the defense industry remains Fort Worth's major strength with Lockheed Martin's F-35s and Bell Helicopter's Ospreys flying the skies over the city. Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth's Military Legacy covers the entire military history of Fort Worth from the 1840s with tiny Bird's Fort to the massive defense plants of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
Although the city is popularly known as "Cowtown" for its iconic cattle drives and stockyards, soldiers, pilots, and military installations have been just as important--and more enduring--in Fort Worth's legacy. Although Bird's Fort provided defense for early North Texas settlers in the mid nineteenth century, it was the major world conflicts of the twentieth century that developed Fort Worth's military presence into what it is today. America's buildup for World War I brought three pilot training fields and the army post Camp. During World War II, headquarters for the entire nation's Army Air Forces Flying Training Command came to Fort Worth. The military history of Fort Worth has been largely an aviation story--one that went beyond pilot training to the construction of military aircraft. Beginning with Globe Aircraft in 1940, Consolidated in 1942, and Bell Helicopter in 1950, the city has produced many thousands of military aircraft for the defense of the nation. Lockheed Martin, the descendant of Consolidated, represents an assembly plant that has been in continuous existence for over seven decades. With Lockheed Martin the nation's largest defense contractor, Bell the largest helicopter producer, and the Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Federal Medical Center Carswell the reservist's training pattern for the nation, Fort Worth's military defense legacy remains strong.

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“This is a good book that adds to the knowledge about the impact of war on cities”   —David McComb, Southwestern Historical Quarterly  

“[A] thoughful, serious-minded yet thoroughly accessible history. . . . Highly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876112496
  • Publisher: Texas State Historical Association
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,396,827
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


J'NELL L. PATE is retired from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, where she taught history and government. She is the author of nine other books, including Livestock Legacy: The Fort Worth Stockyards, 1887–1987 and North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth. Pate has written a column on western history for her hometown newspaper, The Azle News, each week since 1968.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 A Fort Begins the Military Tradition 1

Chapter 2 World War I: Three Airfields 20

Chapter 3 World War I: Camp Bowie 40

Chapter 4 Local Aviation Between the Wars 58

Chapter 5 World War II: The Bomber Plant 71

Chapter 6 World War II: Air Power at Fort Worth Army Air Field 93

Chapter 7 World War II: Training Command and More 105

Chapter 8 Globe Aircraft 123

Chapter 9 Bell Helicopters 134

Chapter 10 The Sound of Freedom: Carswell and Beyond 153

Chapter 11 Air Force Plant 4: General Dynamics to Lockheed Martin 181

Chapter 12 Military Impact 198

Notes 209

Bibliography 253

Index 273

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