The Boeing 314 Clipper Flying Boat – 1938 to 1941

Because of growing interest in flying across the ocean, Pan American Airways asked the Boeing Airplane Co. during the mid-1930s for a long range commercial transport airliner capable of trans-Atlantic flight. Boeing signed a contract with Pan Am to build six Model 314 Clippers, and on May 31, 1938, the first Clipper is taken down the Duwamish River in Seattle for its …

The Art of Wartime Newsreels – 1940 through 1946

Newsreels in America were used during the general time period of the silent film era, through the 1960s. Universal newsreels (produced by Universal Studios) were released twice a week between 1929 and 1967. During World War II, American movie-goers were shown these popular newsreels as part of the total entertainment that accompanied the feature film. Because news of the war was otherwise obtained through newspaper and radio, …

FIFI from the 1940’s – The last flying WWII era B-29 Superfortress

The Commemorative Air Force flew into Daytona Beach, Florida this weekend with the beautiful "FIFI", a Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber. The first flight of the B-29 occurred on 30 December 1942, but did not enter service until April of 1944 due to extensive changes and modifications needed during the development of the aircraft. The B-29 is most known for two …

Vintage Brown, Blue, and Green – World War II Pacific Theater

From the Life archives, these photos were taken during the WWII Pacific Theater of operations, and in striking color. Brown boots, blue skies, and miltary green. See for yourself by clicking on any of the photos for a larger view. Breathtaking. Don't let the smiles and relaxed looks on these men's faces fool you, there is a world at war while these were …