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A 4-Brother Team Wins Acclaim in Metal Craft
Article about the Swedish family business involved in manufacturing aircraft parts and lamp fixtures.
A Jumbo Crowd-Pleaser Arrives
January 31, 2010
The Airline History Museum added a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar to its aircraft on display on January 29, 2010. The jumbo jet was headed for the scrap heap until an Arizona man donated the $100,000 that allowed...
A War's On, and 'Maybe I can Help': Her Job in '44-45 Was Inspecting Airplane Engines
During World War II, Molly Bean felt she needed to do something to help out. So she went to Pratt & Whitney, local company building engines for World War II aircraft. Article has photo of Molly Bean and...
Above the Crowd
July 13, 2008
Cover story about the Petrehn family and their history with hot air ballooning. Includes photos. John Petrehn held many hot air balloon records, and in the late 1980s he became the first American to fly...
Air Age Mark in Jet Flight
August 3, 1959
First jet passenger plane out of Kansas City, leaving for Los Angeles, California.
All Four Bags Are Down
Goodyear finishes first at race begun in Kansas City and ended in Eastern Michigan.
Aviation History Took Flight at Fairfax
May 5, 2010
Postcard image and short article about the history of the Fairfax Industrial District, Fairfax Airport and Aircraft Assembly Plant. The Fairfax Airport opened in 1928 and was the primary airmail departure...
Balloons over the Lakes
Update of the race in progress.
Deal Is a Liftoff for KC
April 1, 2008
Discussion of the proposed construction of a $375-million aircraft assembly plant with possible 2,100 well-paying jobs by Bombardier Aerospace. Bombardier is a Montreal, Canada, based company. The decision...
Death of Jacob Ruf
February 14, 1955
Photo and obituary for Jacob Ruf, "founder with his four sons of the Ruf Realty company" and a pioneer aviator of Kansas City dying at the age of 82 at his residence at 3816 Washington Street. Native of...
Engine Plant to WAA: RFC Passes Control of Former Pratt & Whitney Factory
Dec. 17, 1946
News about the former Pratt & Whitney aircraft engine manufacturing plant, the "largest Kansas City war plant," vacant but planned for use by civilian light industry companies.
Photo and biographical article about J. W. Mehornay, or Jack Mehornay, "named executive vice-president in charge of operations of the Executive Aircraft company" after "being in the furniture business...
Fliers on Way to Iowa
Description of the mock air battle August 28, 1918, conducted by the British-American Flying Mission in its tour across the country to provide the public a better understanding of airplanes and how they...
Fly Girls Are No Longer Forgotten
July 4, 2009
Margaret Ellfeldt Rees was one of the first women to train as a WASP, or Women Airforce Service Pilot, during World War II. She is now one of the few remaining. WASPs flew every type of aircraft that men...
Garmin Finds a Sure Way to Success
May 15, 2007
The top company in the Kansas City Star's Star 50 list is Garmin Ltd. The Olathe-based company manufactures navigation gear, and the CEO is Min Kao who emigrated from Taiwan in 1976 and co-founded, with...
Helicopter Makes 2-Minute Hop to Terminal with Air Mail
May 24, 1948
First cargo of letters ever dispatched here in a helicopter leaves the Liberty Memorial Mall in this craft, depicting the scene in a large photo.
Kansas City's Executive Beechcraft Will Be Acquired by BBA Aviation
April 28, 2007
BBA Aviation, a London-based firm, buys Executive Beechcraft Inc. Founded in 1938 by the Meisinger family, Executive Beechcraft has been serving the general aviation market for nearly 60 years. It is based...
KC Lands Jet Midwest at KCI
January 22, 2010
The Kansas City Council approved the move of Kansas City, Kansas, aircraft company Jet Midwest to Kansas City International’s overhaul base on March 1st. It will begin with an engine repair shop. The...
KC Seeks New Place to Display Old Plane
December 25, 2006
Article reports the possibility of Union Station becoming the permanent indoor home of a 1930 American Eaglet two-seater airplane, originally manufactured at the Fairfax Airport. The Eaglet is described...
National Pilots' Organization Opposes Planned Closing of Richards-Gebaur
Discusses opposition of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to the planned closing of Richards-Gebaur Airport and its transformation to an intermodal freight hub for Kansas City Southern Industries....
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