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A Tribute to the Great Airplanes of World War II, the Cold War and Modern Times

This website is a tribute to the great military planes and commercial airplanes of the past, and to the people who designed, built, flew, and serviced these aircraft.

We provide first-hand commentary, specifications, history and original photographs of great World War II planes such as the B-24 Liberator and the B-17 Flying Fortress, and modern-era military aircraft such as the SR-71 Blackbird as well.

From the Enola Gay to the Convair B-36, from the B-25 Mitchell to the F-4 Phantom, and the great warbirds and civil aviation airliners in between ... we remember.

Enjoy your flight back to the past!

B-47 Stratojet B-25 Mitchell B-17 Flying Fortress B-36 Peacemaker

New Features

We're adding new features to the website in 2017, including additional stories, reviews and original photographs. Some recent additions:


Continued Evolution of This Website Series

We originally launched www.PlanesOfThePast.com in 2012. Since then, it has grown into a large site covering a variety of aviation-related topics. In 2015, we split the website into more-focused topics based on our viewers' interests. Now we offer the following websites: