- Paperback: 127 pages
- Publisher: Arcadia Pub (May 5 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146711197X
- ISBN-13: 978-1467111973
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
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Kansas City B-25 Factory Paperback – May 5 2014
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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.
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This factory transformed many families in the Kansas City, Kansas, area. My grandmother worked there throughout
the war, and my mother joined her after serving in the Army Signal Corps. The book is well done and has many pictures
and good accounts of the workflow, observed through the eyes of what we know now as preferred manufacturing
practices. The author does not gloss over mistakes made and problems that were avoidable, but also clearly praises
the designers' ability to put something this massive together without the help of computers. After the war the plant was
changed to the "BOP" GM plant (Buick, Oldsmobile & Pontiac) and my father worked there. Obviously I have connections
to the plant and it was fascinating to be able to peek behind the scenes all these years later.