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)

Messerschmitt Me 262

(John R. Bruning Collection)

An American patrol comes across a Messerschmitt Me 262 in Austria. The Me 262 was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter, and German jet technology became one of the most sought-after prizes following the war. Both the Russians and the Americans searched what was left of the Third Reich to locate engineers who had designed the 262 and other Nazi “wonder weapons.”


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