Kansas City B-25 Factory, Kansas (Images of Aviation Series)

Kansas City B-25 Factory, Kansas (Images of Aviation Series)

by John Fredrickson, John Roper

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Kansas City B-25 Factory, Kansas (Images of Aviation Series) by John Fredrickson, John Roper


An industrial miracle took place at the Fairfax Airport, on the shores of the Missouri River, between 1941 and 1945. A massive factory was quickly built and a large modification center was soon added. At its peak, over 24,000 greater Kansas City–area residents were employed by North American Aviation, Inc. Their goal was to build as many twin-engine B-25 Mitchell medium bombers for wartime service as possible. Their success was the construction of an unprecedented 6,608 aircraft. The B-25 Mitchell served with distinction in every theater of World War II, and significant numbers of them were provided to Allied nations. Many B-25s have been preserved, and some of them remain airworthy today. They can be seen on static display or in flight at air shows all across America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467111973
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Series: Images of Aviation Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,202,922
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author


John Fredrickson retired as a senior manager of the Boeing Company in 2011 after 36 years of service. He has 21 years combined reserve and active-duty service with the US Air Force and is a Vietnam War veteran. John Roper is an entrepreneur and a licensed pilot with over 4,000 hours of flying time. He is a certified flight instructor, a certified aircraft mechanic, holds multiple degrees in engineering and aviation management, and is the vice president of the National Airline History Museum at the Kansas City Downtown Airport, less a mile from the original Fairfax assembly plant.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 North American Aviation, Inc. 9

2 Evolution of the B-25 13

3 History of Fairfax Airport and Plant Construction 25

4 Getting Production Started 33

5 Visitors and Important Events 61

6 Accidents and Incidents 87

7 US Army Air Corps Ferry Command 93

8 Production Hits Stride 105

9 Shutdown and Clearing the Factory 123

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