Tinman Posted December 23, 2010 Share #1 Posted December 23, 2010 This is a group of patches from aircraft manufacturers located in Wichita KS during WW2. Beech, Cessna and Boeing still exist. To the best of my knowledge, none of these patches were used after the war. These companies brought in tens of thousands of workers from across the US to meet production needs. This Beech patch (5”) featuring the ‘Beech Busy Bee’ was created by Walt Disney especially for Beech. The same design came in a small enamel pin in two sizes. The patch was presented with an award document also featuring the same design. The winged B (4 ½” across) is a merit award, one of which the bee has on his chest, though the wing is on the opposite side (artistic license). Beech primarily built trainers though I have been told that some of the trainers were converted into bombers for the Chinese. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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