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A Tribute to the Great Airplanes of World War II, the Cold War and Modern Times

Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson
Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson (Staff Photo)

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.

Be sure to read our special sections on U.S. Presidential Aircraft and Air Force One and Aerial Tankers of the U.S. Air Force.

From the Enola Gay to the B-36 Peacemaker, 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!

B-47 Stratojet B-25 Mitchell B-17 Flying Fortress B-36 Peacemaker

New Features

We're adding new features to the website in 2019, including additional stories, reviews and original photographs.

B-29 Superfortress "Straight Flush" Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Straight Flush" (Staff Photo)

Some recent additions and updates:

Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation
B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft"

Continued Evolution of This Aviation 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: