The aviation industry in Wichita, Kan., took a big hit this month when Boeing announced that it would close its production facilities there. The move will put more than 2,000 people out of work. However, this feature notes that Wichita, the "Air Capital of the World," still makes nearly half of the world's general-aviation aircraft. "This was a fading cow town when a few eyes-to-the-skies businessmen helped transform Wichita into the largest city in Kansas and a major aviation manufacturing hub. ... The city still makes almost half the general aviation airplanes in the world. And Wichita is where Air Force One goes for a tuneup," A.G. Sulzberger writes.

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