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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

Ritual

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(John R. Bruning Collection)

U.S. bomber crews had rituals that no doubt eased the stress of flying combat. When an airman completed his final mission, he received a dunking. Here Major Jim McPartlin gets the treatment in front of an Eighth Air Force B-17.

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