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These images are in the Library of Congress. The text of the descriptions is adapted from text written during the war. Click on the thumbnail image to see the full-sized version.

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A-24 Dauntless
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Douglas A-24 "Dauntless" light dive bomber. It was the Army counterpart of the Navy SBD, with certain modifications to meet Army requirements. It was designed for dive-bombing operations against ground troops and installations. It was equipped with slotted diving flaps to decrease air speed and obtain greater accuracy. The Dauntless was more maneuverable than the German Stuka and was capable of carrying heavier bomb loads. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6- D-008567. 1942 or 1943?
B-10 bombers
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Salvo of 600-pound bombs falling from formation of B-10 bombers in bombing practice by the 19th Bombardment Group, General Headquarters, Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-008675.
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U.S. Army Flying Fortress (B-17) bomber discharging a bomb on an enemy target. The Flying Fortress, recognized as one of the outstanding planes of the war, performed with great credit in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It proved its ability to fight off enemy aircraft as well as to inflict and absorb punishment on long-range, high-altitude bombing missions. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE613-D-008869. WWII, year unknown.
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This North American B-25 bomber, similar to the type used to bomb Tokyo, established a unique combat record in several war theaters. Lieutenant General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, deputy chief of staff for air, said the B-25 can "go farther, faster, and carry more bombs than the best ships of our enemy." Library of Congress call number: LC-USW3-055199-C. October 1942.
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North American Aviation's B-25 medium bomber, Inglewood, California. Library of Congress call number: LC-USW36-248. October 1942.
Brewster Buffalo
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The Brewster "Buffalo" (F2A-1) Navy fighter was a favorite with many American Air Force and Royal Air Force pilots. This plane, which was usually based on a carrier, was exceedingly maneuverable and capable of excellent performance at high altitudes. Powered by a 1,000 horsepower Wright cyclone engine it has a top speed of about 330 miles per hour, a range of 1,000 miles and a ceiling of approximately 35,000 feet. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-008876-Q.
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The Douglas C-47 was the military version of the commerical DC-3. It was a twin-engined, low-wing monoplane capable of carrying heavy cargo. The main cabin was provided with a large loading door and a reinforced floor. It may also be arranged with folding benches to accomodate twenty-eight fully equipped fighting men. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-008559. 1942 or 1943?
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The Douglas C-54 was the military version of the commercial DC-4. It was a four-engine low-wing monoplane designed for a long-range personnel transport. The commercial model was designed for forty day passengers and twenty-eight sleeper passengers. Its passenger carrying capacity after modifications for military service was not revealed. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6- D-008868. WWII, year unknown.
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The Navy's "Coronado" (PB2Y-2) was designed by Consolidated for long-range patrol and transport missions. It was an all-metal, high-wing flying boat powered by four Pratt and Whitney engines of 1,200 horsepower each. Its speed was over 200 miles per hour, its range over 3,000 miles, its service ceiling approximately 20,000 feet, its load capacity 30,000 pounds. It carried a crew of ten men armed with 50-caliber machine guns and bombs. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-008878. WWII, year unknown.
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The Vought-Sikorsky "Corsair" (F4U-1) Navy fighter was one of the fastest warplanes in existence. Powered by a 2,000 horsepower Pratt and Whitney engine, it had a cruising speed in excess of 425 miles per hour. Its top speed was a military secret. Designed to protect the Navy's big bombers, the Corsair was usually based on an aircraft carrier. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-008877. WWII, year unknown.
C-54 "Skymaster"
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This transport aircraft is the military equivalent of the classic Douglas DC-4. (This was mislabeled as a Grumman until visitor Bob Rogers made the correction.)
machine gun
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Jesse Rhodes Waller, Aviation Ordnance Mate, third class, tries out a thirty-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane at the Naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-006779. August 1942.
P-40 peeling
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In the vicinity of Moore Field, Texas. The lead ship in a formation of P-40's is peeling off for the "attack" in a practice flight at the Army Air Forces advanced flying school. Selected aviation cadets were given transition training in these fighter planes before receiving their pilot's wings. 1943. Library of Congress call number: LC-USW33-029184-C.
P51 Mustang
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P-51 "Mustang" fighter in flight, Inglewood, California. Library of Congress call number: LC-USW36-496. October 1942.
SBD bomber
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The Navy's SBD light dive bomber was the counterpart of the Army's A-24 "Dauntless" with the differences that adapt it to Navy requirements. This Douglas plane was equipped with slotted wing flaps to decrease air speed and obtain greater bombing accuracy. It was more maneuverable than the German Stuka and was capable of carrying heavier bomb loads. Library of Congress call number: LC-USE6-D-008874. WWII, year unknown.
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Warbirds aloft form a background for Old Glory and the 170-foot tower of the administration building of Randolph Field, Texas. This formation of basic training planes was piloted by flying tutors and closely observed by the aviation cadets who soon would be practicing such aerial maneuvers at advanced or specialized schools. Library of Congress call number: LC-USW33-000667-ZC. 1942?

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