Beautiful Bombers

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

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)

Strategic Bomber

(John R. Bruning Collection)

The Douglas B-18 Bolo was the U.S. Army Air Corp’s first purpose-built strategic bomber. Unfortunately, it had many drawbacks, including a light payload and a short range.


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