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Favorite Airplanes and Photos of the Staff

Our archives contain thousands of airplane photos taken over the years by our staff as we have toured various aviation venues around the United States. A few hundred photos have now been published on Planes of the Past. Others await sorting, editing, research, and publication.

We've been asked "What is your favorite aircraft, and what are your most memorable photographs?" That's a difficult assignment! We respect the power and grace of B-29, B-36, B-47, F-84F and F-100. But there are so many others!

Published on this page are a few of our absolute favorite photos, and some that our viewers have noted.


Right fuselage view of the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II", S/N 484112, Buzz Number BF-112
Right fuselage view of the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II", painted as S/N 484112
Left cockpit view of the U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II" at Ellsworth AFB
Left cockpit view of the U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II" at Ellsworth AFB
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Left fuselage view of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
Right cockpit area of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and nose art
B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and nose art
B-29 "FiFi" engine ... "Mitzi"
B-29 "FiFi" engine ... "Mitzi"
Cockpit area of the B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay"
Cockpit area of the B-29 "Enola Gay"
Boeing EB-47E Stratojet, S/N 53-2135, Tucson, Arizona
Boeing EB-47E Stratojet, S/N 53-2135
B-47 Stratojet 4296 at Eglin AFB, Florida
B-47 Stratojet 4296
Pusher engines on the Convair B-36J Peacemaker
Engines on the B-36J Peacemaker
Nose view of the B-36J Peacemaker "City of Ft. Worth" 2827
Nose view of the B-36J Peacemaker "City of Ft. Worth" 2827
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, S/N 51-1386, Buzz Number FS-386, at Barkdale AFB
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, S/N 51-1386, Buzz Number FS-386
Tail section of U.S. Air Force F-84F Thunderstreak, S/N 0-28886
F-84F Thunderstreak, S/N 0-28886, tail section
North American F-100A Super Sabre 53537
North American F-100A Super Sabre S/N 53-1684
McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II S/N 66-8812
McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II S/N 66-8812
McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II, 64-0664, Hill AFB in Utah
McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II, 64-0664
F-15 Eagle "Gulf Spirit" S/N 74124 at Eglin AFB, Florida
F-15 Strike Eagle "Gulf Spirit" S/N 74124 at Eglin AFB, Florida
Nose view of Republic F-84C Thunderjet, S/N 47-1433
Nose view of Republic F-84C Thunderjet, S/N 47-1433
Close-up of the tail section of the North American F-86H S/N 31525, buzz number FU-525
North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1525
B-17F "Boeing Bee" - S/N 42-29782 - Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA

B-17F "Boeing Bee" - S/N 42-29782 - on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders"
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" at the Global Power Museum
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation
Engine on Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft"
Engine on Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft"
Cockpit of North American B-25J-5-NC "Yellow Rose"
Cockpit of North American B-25J-5-NC "Yellow Rose"
Nose art on "Goodtime Gal", a Lockheed C-60A Lodestar owned by the Houston Wing of the CAF
Nose art on "Goodtime Gal", a Lockheed C-60A Lodestar owned by the Houston Wing of the CAF
U.S. Air Force KC-97 Stratotanker, S/N 030240
Boeing KC-97L Stratotanker, S/N 030240, right nose view
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter in the markings of the 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter in the markings of the 83rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter in Tyler, Texas
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
P-51 Mustang "Betty Jane" of the Collings Foundation, seen at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
P-51 Mustang "Betty Jane" of the Collings Foundation, seen at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
C-47B Skytrain "Spirit of Hondo" S/N 44-77109
C-47B Skytrain "Spirit of Hondo" S/N 44-77109 parked at Pounds Regional Airport, Tyler, Texas
Convair T-29C Flying Classroom of the Air Training Command
Convair T-29C Flying Classroom, S/N 52119
C-135 Stratolifter S/N 61-2671 at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
C-135 Stratolifter S/N 61-2671, Construction Number C/N 18347, a Boeing C-135B-BN, on display at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
U.S. Air Force EC-135, S/N 10262, South Dakota Air & Space Museum, Ellsworth Air Force Base
U.S. Air Force EC-135, S/N 10262 at the entrance to Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota
Boeing VC-137B, Air Force One
Boeing VC-137B, Air Force One
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, tail section, in Rapid City SD
F-101B Voodoo, S/N 90426, South Dakota Air & Space Museum outside the gate of Ellsworth AFB
U.S. Air Force C-54 Skymaster, S/N 272592
C-54 Skymaster, S/N 272592 at Rapid City
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Douglas C-124C Globemaster II S/N 53-0050, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
Close-up photograph of a right B-24J Liberator "Louisiana Belle II" engine
Close-up photo of a right B-24J Liberator engine