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.
North American’s P-51 Mustang Fighter is in service with Britain’s Royal Air Force,
Consolidated PBY patrol bomber
Working on a Consolidated PBY at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
Fueling a Consolidated PBY at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
A Consolidated PBY at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
Aviation cadet in training in a vought OS2U Kingfisher at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
Aviation cadet at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
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
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
Sailor mechanic fueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas
P-51 (“Mustang”) fighter planes being prepared for test flight at the field of the North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Inglewood, Calif.
Sunset silhouette of flying fortress, Langley Field, Va.
B-25 bombers on the outdoor assembly line at North American Aviation, Incorporated, almost ready for their first test flight, Kansas City, Kansas
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
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
Servicing [an] A-20 bomber, Langley Field, Va.
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.
A C-87 transport plane, just off the assembly line, at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation field, Fort Worth, Texas
A C-87 transport plane takes off on test flight, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas
Navy N2S primary land planes at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas
All images Library of Congress / Flickr