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B-25 Factory Times

A great book about the production of the North American B-25 Mitchell. The B-25 is a medium bomber of the Second World War and was used in large numbers by particularly the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Soviet Union and the Netherlands. The B-25 was developed at the beginning of the war and was used in the period from 1942 to 1945 above practically every war zone. The B-25 was still in use until long after the war. The B-25 was in service with many countries and has seen, even in peacetime, almost every corner of the world and is, therefore, one of the most famous bombers from that period. Nevertheless, very little has been published about the factories where the B-25 was produced and the manufacturing process itself.

Never before in this way has attention been paid to the manufacturing of one of the world's most well-known airplanes. Supported by many photographs, this book gives a picture of the origin and history of the factories and the assembly of the airplanes. It shows how many thousands of workers daily worked at the plants assembling this famous plane. They were the unsung heroes and without them a victory at the front would not have been possible. Among them were also many women who, owing to the high labour demand, went to work in the factories in increasing numbers. In addition, the book gives a brief overview of the countries where the B-25 has been in service, as well as other relevant facts relating to the production of this airplane.

North American Aviation Inc. played a leading role in the development of mass production of airplanes. It was an airplane factory that stemmed from a holding company founded in 1928. One of the important pillars of the holding in the 1930s was the Fokker Aircraft Corporation of America of the famed Dutch Anthony Fokker. During the second world war, North American Aviation built in its three factories in Inglewood, Kansas City and Dallas more than 41,000 airplanes, more than any other American airplane manufacturer. Of these, almost 9,900 were B-25 Mitchells. After the war, the company in addition to airplane construction, was also active in space and atomic energy. After acquisition by Rockwell, the company merged with the large Boeing Company in 1996.

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  • A new B-25C at the Inglewood ramp.

    “Skyline” was the major publication for employees of North American Aviation.

    B-25D production in Kansas City.