About the Airplanes Online Website
We've been fascinated with both military airplanes and commercial airliners for decades, and still are today.
This site is a tribute to the great planes of the past, and the present, and to those who design, build, fly, and service them.
Why This Site?
Our early memories include air shows at England AFB, and seeing the Air Force Thunderbirds perform in their swept-wing F-84F fleet. There we also saw our first F-100 Super Sabre make a low approach over the runway, and zoom vertical above the dazzled crowds below. At the same air base our Cub Scout troop was able to tour a B-29 Superfortress, and crawl through the tunnel over the bomb bay ... what a thrill it was!
The interest in military aviation was furthered when viewing the B-36 "City of Fort Worth" on display at Amon Carter Field in the early 1960s. Today, our staff has photographed three of the four surviving B-36 Peacemaker aircraft.
The excitement of our first commercial flight from Dallas Love Field on a Delta Airlines Convair 440 is still a fond memory. Our first transatlantic flight was also on Delta, but this time on a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar to Gatwick in London.
Today, we travel extensively, and have enjoyed many airplane museums, Air Force bases, gatekeepers, static displays, air shows, and airparks in the country.
And during our frequent trips to airports, we enjoy airliner spotting and have developed a series of airliner identification guides posted online.
Military airplanes and commercial airliners have limited lifespans. Ultimately, the planes must be retired from service, stored in "airplane boneyards" or graveyards, and finally dismantled and scrapped. Our staff have visited all of the major commercial airliner boneyards in the deserts of the Western U.S., as well as the largest boneyard in the world, AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson.
Hopefully our aviation experiences posted online on this series of websites will be of value to our reders.
Evolution of the Airplanes Online Website Series
Our first aviation websites wre launched in 2012. Since then, the website series has evolved, and today covers a variety of aviation-related topics:
- AirplanesOfthePast.com - World War II, the Cold War and modern day airplanes (this site)
- B29-Superfortress.com - Design, development, specifications, and photographs of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
- AirplaneBoneyards.com - Military and airliner boneyards in the United States
- AirplaneNoseArt.com - Nose art on aircraft, its origin, usage in World War II, and the modern day art form
- AirplaneMuseums.com - Airplane exhibits, museums, memorials and air parks
- AirlinerSpotter.com - Jet airliner spotting tips, Airbus and Boeing fleets with characteristics, comparisons and photographs
Thanks for taking time to visit the website, and fly again with us soon!
Turn up your volume, and enjoy our YouTube Airplanes Of the Past video !