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Warbird Factory: North American Aviation in World War II

Fredrickson, John M.

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ISBN 10: 0760348162 / ISBN 13: 9780760348161
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Num Pages: 224 pages. BIC Classification: 1KBB; 3JJH; HBWQ; JWMV3; KJZ; WGM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 250 x 285 x 24. Weight in Grams: 1294. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780760348161

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Title: Warbird Factory: North American Aviation in ...

Publisher: Zenith Press

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Explore the WWII history of the company that later became a part of Boeing and made more aircraft from 1938 to 1944 than any other company in the United States.

During World War II, Los Angeles was the ultimate boom town. By the end of the war, the L.A. area had produced 17 percent of all of America's war needs. North American Aviation, Inc. (NAA), operating out of their main Inglewood, California, plant, which is south of and adjacent to the city, was a key player in that work.

From 1938 to 1944, NAA built over 40,000 aircraft, more than any other company in the United States. The bulk of them were of three iconic types designed by NAA:

- The P-51 Mustang, arguably the best fighter of WWII.

- B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, which saw worldwide combat.

- Two-seat military pilot trainers, such as the AT-6 Texan.

This is a fascinating story of a remarkable time in aviation history, when American businesses helped fund the arsenal of democracy that helped defeat the Axis powers. Warbird Factory tells this story with over 200 photographs, many of which come directly from the NAA/Boeing archives, where they have resided since WWII. This is an essential book for anyone interested in warbirds, aviation, Boeing/NAA, WWII, and/or the history of Southern California!

From the Author:

After 36 years of working at Boeing, a modern airplane company, it was an honor to be granted unrestricted access to the photographs and documents of a legendary, but now sadly defunct, air frame purveyor.  My research was done by reviewing thousands of pages of source documents including letters, financial ledgers, plant weekly newspapers, and the logs of daily events.  The discovery of the NA-73 (P-51 prototype) civil registration form dated October 1940 was especially significant.  The image of the document is found in Appendix G.  I was also able to track down and interact with some of the descendants (the nephew of the copilot killed in the crash of NA-98X on 4/24/44) and the grandson of one of the major protagonists.  They graciously shared family history with me.  It was only after review of the source documents that previous books on the topic were reviewed and they added some additional insights.  It is expected that Warbird Factory will help future historians better understand the miracle that was North American Aviation during World War II.

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