Seen these before?? Beautiful colour images of warbirds….

 
 
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We found some of the most amazing color photographs of aircraft in World War II. They were all taken in 1942 and recently released by the Library of Congress.

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North American’s P-51 Mustang Fighter is in service with Britain’s Royal Air Force,

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Consolidated PBY patrol bomber

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Working on a Consolidated PBY at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Fueling a Consolidated PBY at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

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A Consolidated PBY at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Aviation cadet in training in a vought OS2U Kingfisher at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Aviation cadet at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

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A giant of the skyways poises for flight, Langley Field, Va. The four powerful engines of a YB-17 bomber are warmed up before a takeoff

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One of America’s new warships of the air, a mighty YB-17 bomber, is pulled up at a bombardment squadron hangar, Langley Field, Va. It is all set to taxi out to a runway and take off

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Sailor mechanic fueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas

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P-51 (“Mustang”) fighter planes being prepared for test flight at the field of the North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Inglewood, Calif.

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Sunset silhouette of flying fortress, Langley Field, Va.

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B-25 bombers on the outdoor assembly line at North American Aviation, Incorporated, almost ready for their first test flight, Kansas City, Kansas

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New B-25 bombers lined up for final inspection and tests at the flying field of an aircraft plant, North American Aviation, Inc., Calif. It performs at the 25,000-foot ceiling

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Employees on the “Sunshine” assembly line at North American’s plant put the finishing touches on another B-25 bomber, Inglewood, Calif. In addition to the battle-tested B-25 (“Billy Mitchell”) bomber, used in General Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo, this plant produces the P-51 (“Mustang”) fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe

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Servicing [an] A-20 bomber, Langley Field, Va.

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Consolidated C-87-CF Liberator Express 41-11674, flown by American Airlines crews under ATC contract. A number of C-87s were used on North and South Atlantic routes, and some on the infamous Hump route between India and China.

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A C-87 transport plane, just off the assembly line, at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation field, Fort Worth, Texas

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A C-87 transport plane takes off on test flight, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas

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Navy N2S primary land planes at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas

All images Library of Congress / Flickr

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