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The Jet Age

The Jet Age

With the advent of operational jet power during WWII the world was entering a new era of aviation. In the military, myriad jet powered designs were rolling off the drafting tables and into the prototype stage. Commercial aviation was slower to come to jet power but the British were the first to get them into the mainstream with their ill-fated DeHavilland Comet. When Boeing introduced the 707 jet passenger travel was here to stay.

After WWII Douglas Tulsa was closed and became a storage depot for Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City. The Modification Center just north of Air Force Plant #3 was closed as well but did not remain so for long.

In 1946 a deal was negotiated for American Airlines to move their Maintenance and Engineering Base from New York to Tulsa and occupy the two south hangars of the four hangar complex. They retained an option on the other two.By the early 50's Air Force Plant #3 was reactivated and operated again by Douglas to build Boeing's B-47 as well as the Douglas B-66 simultaneously.