NCAT Overview Book

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Where it All Started

In 1916, Clyde Cessna signed In 1916, a contract Clyde Cessna signed a contract to start manufacturing planes to start in manufacturing Kansas. planes in Kansas.

Since then, the greater Wichita Since then, region the has greater pioneered Wichita aviation region has pioneered aviation and manufacturing with and a culture manufacturing of innovation with- abuilding cultureiconic of innovation planes, - building iconic planes, revolutionizing manufacturing revolutionizing with composites, manufacturing and cultivating with composites, an industry and cultivating an industry synergy. The first planessynergy. were invented The first in aplanes barn. From were invented there, theinUnited a barn.States' From there, aviation the United Stat industry blooms with innovation industry and blooms growth; withtransforming innovation and Wichita growth; into transforming an international Wichita hubinto for an in manufacturing as well - to manufacturing this day creating as well iconic - toaircraft this day like creating Boeing's iconic 707 aircraft or Douglas likeDC-8 Boeing's jets 707 or which are still being made which rightare here still at being homemade while right revolutionizing here at home how while modern revolutionizing people fly how mode everywhere around our world! everywhere We don’t around just our build world! planes We- we don’t build justbetter buildplanes. planes - we build better pla

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