A burned U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-17C Flying Fortress (s/n 40-2074) rests near Hangar 5, Hickam Field, Oahu, Hawaii (USA), on 7 December 1941. It was flown to Hickam by Captain Raymond T. Swenson from California and arrived during the attack. On its final approach, the aircraft’s magnesium flare box was hit by Japanese strafing and ignited. The burning plane separated upon landing. The crew survived the crash, but a flight surgeon was killed by strafing as he ran from the burning wreck.
7 December 1941
A realistic line portrait of Charles Lindbergh in the Los Angeles Examiner, by George Grant. (May 12th, 1929)
"Build Soviet air fleet - become Dobrolyot shareholders!", poster by Ivan Simakov, 1923
WWII U.S. Army Air Corps Mechanics Repairing a B-17 Bomber.
Flying air mail in the early years was a risky, sometimes outright dangerous business, but it was a service that created a massive expansion in commercial aviation both in the United States and around the world as routes and aircraft boomed to meet the growing demand for rapid communication delivery.
From a recently digitized album, documenting the early years of Air Mail and the Air Mail Pioneers. Click here to see the full album on Flickr.
Slate.com: “A Gorgeous 1929 Map of the U.S. Given to the First Transcontinental Air Travelers”
"Passengers flew by day so they could see the sights and slept on the trains at night."