The Story of Wichita
EVERY now and then one is asked to explain how it came about that Wichita, Kan., (pop. 114,000), has produced approximately one-fourth the commercial airplanes manufactured within the United States. With one eye, figuratively speaking, on the fact that the building of airplanes, like the production of automobiles, furniture, shoes or clothes, machine equipment, etc., is a manufacturing process rather than a direct reaping of natural resources, and with another eye on the fact that, except for airplanes, Wichita is not generally known as a manufacturing center, the inquisitor usually wants to know something about the “industrial evolution” leading to the effect involved.
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