20 Color WWII Photos Look Like They Were Taken Yesterday

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

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North American’s P-51 Mustang Fighter 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 poised for flight, Langley Field, Virginia. 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 set to taxi out to a runway and take off on a mission.

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Sailor mechanic fuelling 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, California.

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Sunset silhouette of flying fortress, Langley Field, Virginia.

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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, California. 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 during the British raid on Dieppe

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

 

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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.

 
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