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)

Boeing B-17

(John R. Bruning Collection)

A Boeing B-17 fires up its radial engines. When bomb groups of the Eighth Air Force were ordered to launch daytime bombing raids, the combined engine noise created an unmistakable sound that resonated for miles across the English countryside.


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