Could Wichita become the next Detroit? A little more than a year ago, comparisons of the self-proclaimed “Air Capital of the World” with such a potent symbol of industrial decline were far from the minds of most business and civic leaders in Wichita. Demand was at an all-time high for the business jets, turboprops and Boeing 737 fuselages being churned out of factories in this city of 364,000, the largest in Kansas. As companies scrambled to fill openings, engineering students at Wichita ...


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