Musical Airs

Songs inspired by the early age of flight.

Bomber B-17

(Smithsonian Institution Libraries)

The Boeing B-17 would serve in every World War II combat zone, but is perhaps best known for its role in the daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Who could have predicted that the Flying Fortress, bristling with machine guns and bombs, would inspire this 1948 tune with the immortal opening line: “Doodle-oodle, oodle-oodle, oodle-oodle, oodle-oodle.”

The sheet music presented here is drawn from the Bella C. Landauer Collection, housed in the National Air and Space Museum branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. To read more about the collection, visit the Libraries' Web site.

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