Airliners in storage at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport
F-84f thunderstreak at the march field air museum in california
b-17 flying fortress of world war ii
air force one at the museum of flight in seattle
largest boneyard in the world ... davis-monthan afb amarg
b-36 peacemaker 2827 in tucson arizona
C-141 being reclaimed at davis-monthan afb amarg
B-29 superfortress Jack's Hack at the New England Air Museum
DHL Freighters at Kingman Airport in Arizona
Museum of Aviation at robins afb georgia
Nose art on c-47 skytrain 7th heaven
kingman arizona airliner boneyard

Welcome to Planes of the Past

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We originally launched 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 Boeing 747, 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, which is all about the Boeing-built super bomber of World War II and the early Cold War years.

We have also recently launched  dealing with jet airliner spotting tips, Airbus and Boeing fleets with characteristics, comparisons and photographs.

Enjoy your flight back to the past!

Airplanes of WWII, the Cold War and modern times ... Explore now!

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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Airplane boneyards after World War II and active boneyards today ... maps, photographs, tours and more ... visit there now!

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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Airplane exhibits, museums, and air parks ... maps, photographs, reviews, and more ... visit there now!

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.

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Airplane nose art from World War II and modern-day ... click to explore nose art photography

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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