Welcome to Planes of the Past
We originally launched www.PlanesOfThePast.com in 2012. Since then, it has grown into a large, comprehensive site covering a variety of aviation-related topics. In 2015, we made the decision to split the website into more-focused topics based on our viewers' interests. Today we offer the series of websites shown below.
From the Enola Gay to the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, from the B-24 Liberator to the SR-71 Blackbird, and the great warbirds and civil aviation airliners in between ... we remember.
Be sure to check out our newest website, B29-Superfortress.com which is all about the Boeing-built super bomber of World War II and the early Cold War years.
We have also recently launched AirlinerSpotter.com dealing with jet airliner spotting tips, Airbus and Boeing fleets with characteristics, comparisons and photographs.
Enjoy your flight back to the past!
This website is a tribute to the great military airplanes and commercial airliners 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.
We feature classic WWII aircraft such as the B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, and P-51 Mustang. Our sites also include Cold War bombers and fighters, as well as modern-era military aircraft like the SR-71 Blackbird and B-1B.
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Commercial airliners and military aircraft have limited lifespans. Some are temporarily taken off flying status, and must be stored in a environment that is conducive to preservation. Others are kept as spare parts for flying aircraft.
Eventually, as airframes wear out and economics change, all aircraft are removed permanently from service and must be scrapped at an "airplane boneyard".
We explore post-WWI boneyards as well as modern day facilities such as Davis-Monthan AFB AMARG, Pinal Airpark, Mojave, Phoenix-Goodyear, and SCLA Victorville.
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We find the best way to understand aviation history is to see it up close and personal ... to see the planes, touch them, and sense their size and purpose.
Museums offer an opportunity to learn about the important role of aviation in U.S. history.
Located across the U.S. are fine aviation museums, airplane exhibits, memorials, and airparks which provide excellent historical aviation and warbird exhibits.
Read museum highlights, view photographs and access maps about the Pima Air Museum, Air Force Museum, Museum of Aviation, Udvar-Hazy and many more.
Visit Airplane Museums »
The inscription of art work on military planes dates to World War I, when paintings were usually extravagant company or unit insignia.
As the United States entered World War II, nose art regulations were relaxed, or ignored.
WWII would become the golden age of aircraft artistry. Artwork was typically painted on the nose of the plane, and the term "nose art" was coined.
Today, the nose art form continues as artists adorn warbirds and modern day aircraft.
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