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P-61 Black Widow of 419th Night Fighter Squadron. It was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar.

P-61 Black Widow of 419th Night Fighter Squadron. It was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar.

P-51 Mustangs. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down, second only to the Grumman F6F Hellcat among Allied aircraft.

P-51 Mustangs. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft shot down, second only to the Grumman F6F Hellcat among Allied aircraft.

Douglas A-26 Invader. US twin-engine light bomber and attack aircraft built by Douglas Aircraft during World War II that also saw service during several of the Cold War's major conflicts.

Douglas A-26 Invader. US twin-engine light bomber and attack aircraft built by Douglas Aircraft during World War II that also saw service during several of the Cold War's major conflicts.

D Day, 6 June 1944: American B26s with the striped tactical identification markings shown by all allied aircraft support the invasion of Normandy.

D Day, 6 June 1944: American B26s with the striped tactical identification markings shown by all allied aircraft support the invasion of Normandy.

A Focke-Wulf Fw-190-A9 fighter that survived the war sits intact and parked amidst other wrecked aircraft at the Salzwedel Luftwaffe base west of the Elbe River (1945)...

A Focke-Wulf Fw-190-A9 fighter that survived the war sits intact and parked amidst other wrecked aircraft at the Salzwedel Luftwaffe base west of the Elbe River (1945)...

The Macchi C.202 Folgore ("thunderbolt") was a World War II fighter aircraft built by Macchi Aeronautica and operated by the Regia Aeronautica (RA; Royal  Air Force). Macchi aircraft designed by Mario Castoldi received the "C" letter in their model designation, hence the Folgore is referred to as the C.202 or MC.202.   Considered to be one the best wartime fighters to serve in large numbers with the Regia Aeronautica, the Folgore operated on all fronts in which Italy was involved

The Macchi C.202 Folgore ("thunderbolt") was a World War II fighter aircraft built by Macchi Aeronautica and operated by the Regia Aeronautica (RA; Royal Air Force). Macchi aircraft designed by Mario Castoldi received the "C" letter in their model designation, hence the Folgore is referred to as the C.202 or MC.202. Considered to be one the best wartime fighters to serve in large numbers with the Regia Aeronautica, the Folgore operated on all fronts in which Italy was involved

Bomber “box” formations allowed guns in each aircraft to protect vulnerable blind spots on the other airplanes in the group. The formation was vital for defense. Assembly Ships were older aircraft, usually having completed their schedule of active sorties, which were painted in bright colors and patterns to be highly visible. As bombers launched from their many fields they would line up behind these Assembly Ships to create their formations. (Consolidated-B-24 Liberator)

Bomber “box” formations allowed guns in each aircraft to protect vulnerable blind spots on the other airplanes in the group. The formation was vital for defense. Assembly Ships were older aircraft, usually having completed their schedule of active sorties, which were painted in bright colors and patterns to be highly visible. As bombers launched from their many fields they would line up behind these Assembly Ships to create their formations. (Consolidated-B-24 Liberator)