Airplanes of the Past

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Airplanes of the Past

This website is a tribute to the great military planes and commercial airplanes of the past, and to the people who designed, built, flew, and serviced these aircraft.

We provide first-hand commentary, specifications, history and original photographs of great World War II planes such as the B-24 Liberator and the B-17 Flying Fortress, and modern-era military aircraft such as the SR-71 Blackbird as well.

From the Enola Gay to the Convair B-36, from the B-25 Mitchell to the F-4 Phantom, and the great warbirds and civil aviation airliners in between ... we remember.

Included below are some of highlights from the AirplanesOfthePast website ...


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress Design, Development, Models, Specifications

B-17 Flying Fortress Assembly Plants and Production Numbers

B-17 Flying Fortress Combat Action in World War II

B-17 Storage, Disposal and Scrapping after WWII

B-17 Flying Fortress Surviving Aircraft

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

B-24 Liberator Models, Production Numbers and Assembly Plants

B-24 Liberator Ford Willow Run Assembly Plant

B-24 Storage, Disposal and Scrapping in Desert Boneyards after WWII

B-24 Liberator Surviving Aircraft

North American B-25 Mitchell


Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Consolidated B-32 Dominator


Convair B-36 Peacemaker

North American B-45 Tornado

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

Boeing B-50 Superfortress

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Martin B-57 Canberra

Convair B-58A Hustler

Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Northrup-Grumman B-2 Spirit

Fighters, Interceptors, and Attack Aircraft

North American Aviation P-51 Mustang

Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star

Republic Aviation F-84 Thunderjet

Republic Aviation F-84F Thunderstreak

North American F-86 Sabre

North American F-86D Sabre Dog

Northrup F-89 Scorpion

Lockheed F-94 Starfire

North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

Convair F-102 Delta Dagger

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

Republic Aviation F-105 Thunderchief

Convair F-106 Delta Dart

General Dynamics FB-111 Aardvark

McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor

LTV A-7 Corsair II

Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthog"

Cargo and Transport Aircraft

Beech C-45 Expeditor

Curtiss C-46 Commando

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-54 Skymaster

Lockheed C-60 Lodestar

Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter

Convair XC-99

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

Fairchild C-123 Provider

Douglas C-124 Globemaster II

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Convair C-131 Samaritan

Douglas C-133 Cargomaster

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

Boeing 367-80 Dash-80, 707, KC-135 Stratotanker, and VC135 Stratoliner

United States Presidential and Military VIP Aircraft


BT-13 Valiant

T-2 Buckeye Trainer of the U.S. Navy

T-6 and AT-6 Texan Advanced Trainer

T-11 and AT-11 Kansan

T-29 Flying Classroom

T-33 Shooting Star of the U.S. Air Force

T-37 Tweet Trainer of the U.S. Air Force

Special Purpose Aircraft

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Other Features

U.S. Air Force Buzz Numbers

U.S. Air Force Tail Codes

U.S. Air Force Jet Fighter Evolution During the 20th Century


U.S. Naval and U.S. Marine Airplanes of the Past


U.S. World War II Bombers

U.S. World War II Fighters

U.S. Warbirds of World War II

U.S. World War II Bomber Production Recap Website Highlights Video on YouTube


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