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)

381st Bomb Group

(John R. Bruning Collection)

Bombers of the 381st Bomb Group line up for take off at a Royal Air Force base in Ridgewell, England. In such a crowded environment, catastrophic accidents were depressingly common.


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