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A Boeing YB-17 flies over the Cascade Mountains. Though the B-17 program initially lost out to the cheaper Douglas B-18, the U.S. Army Air Corps saw so much potential in the B-17’s design that funds were made available to continue developing the aircraft. (John R. Bruning Collection)

Beautiful Bombers

A new book documents the glory of the World War II aircraft

381st Bomb Group

(John R. Bruning Collection)

Bombers of the 381st Bomb Group line up for take off at a Royal Air Force base in Ridgewell, England. In such a crowded environment, catastrophic accidents were depressingly common.

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