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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.

About 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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Yenne, Bill
Zenith Press
Military - World War II
Military-World War II General
Army air forces
flying fortress
fighter craft
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64 color and 121 b/w photos
9.63 x 11.00 in

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