About the Airplanes of the Past 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 to those who designed, built, flew, and serviced them.
We also respect the efforts and sacrifices of the military officers and airmen in restoring peace through victory in World War II, and the job they performed in maintaining the peace during the Cold War.
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!
I've had a fascination about the Consolidated-Vultee B-36 since my childhood in the mid-1950s when I used to hear the roar of Peacemakers flying high over central Louisiana. Unfortunately, the B-36 wasn't part of the many air shows I attended at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, primarily a TAC base at that time.
My interest in military aviation was furthered when I viewed the B-36 "City of Fort Worth" on display at Amon Carter Field in the early 1960s. My interest in the airplane continues to this day, and we have now photographed three of the four surviving B-36 aircraft.
The excitement of our first commercial flight from Dallas Love Field on a Delta Airlines Convair 440 is still in our head. Our first transatlantic flight was also on Delta, but this time on a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar to Gatwick in London.
While a young Naval officer, I had the honor of serving with the U.S. Strike Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. During my tour with Strike, I flew on the command's Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft and the commander in chief's Boeing VC-135A airborne command center.
Today, we travel extensively, and have been fortunate in the last few years to visit many of the most renown air galleries, Air Force bases, gatekeepers, static displays, air shows, and airparks in the country.
During these trips, we've seen 13 of another favorite aircraft, the B-29 Superfortress, including the "Enola Gay" and "Bockscar". I share a portion of my airplane photo archive on this website.
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 other 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
- 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
- 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!
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