A Tribute to the Great Airplanes of World War II, the Cold War and Modern Times
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 Boeing 747, from the B-25 Mitchell to the F-4 Phantom, and the great warbirds and civil aviation airliners in between ... we remember.
Enjoy your flight back to the past!
New Features: Airplane Nose Art, Buzz Numbers, Naval Aviation and More!
We're adding new features to the website in 2017, including additional stories, reviews and original photographs. Some recent additions:
- Military airplane nose Art in World War II
- U.S. Air Force Buzz Numbers
- USAF Tail Codes
- U.S. Naval and Marine Corp Aviation
- U.S. Presidential Aircraft and Air Force One
- World War II Bomber Production Numbers
- Database of Historic Airplane Photographs, Serial Numbers, Locations
- Vintage aviation images: DCA | MIA | TPA | TUS | PHX | LAX | LOV | SFO | SEA
- Website Highlights Video on YouTube
Continued Evolution of This Website Series
We originally launched www.PlanesOfThePast.com in 2012. Since then, it has grown into a large site covering a variety of aviation-related topics. In 2015, we split the website into more-focused topics based on our viewers' interests. Now we offer the following websites:
- 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
- AirlinerSpotter.com - Jet airliner spotting tips, Airbus and Boeing fleets with characteristics, comparisons and photographs
- AirplaneNoseArt.com - Nose art on aircraft, its origin, usage in World War II, and the modern day art form
- AirplaneExhibits.com - Airplane exhibits, museums, memorials and air parks