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Douglas B-19 Bomber

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This image is a scan of a postcard that was given to me by my mother. She saw this aircraft in flight when she was visiting family in Los Angeles.

 

The first flight of the B-19 was on June 27, 1941, at Clover Field, Santa Monica, California. At the time, it was the largest aircraft ever built. Only one was built.

 

Dennis

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That's a cool shot. I have a book at home that shows this same aircraft c. 1947 sitting in the desert boneyard at Davis-Monthon AFB. She ended up being cut up for scrap along with the rows of B-17s, B-29s, C-47s, etc. etc. that ended up there. A sad fate for an interesting airplane.

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I would love to have seen this beast fly...

 

Here's some photos which are mostly from the NMUSAF website. These are resized and slightly enhanced; check the site if you'd like to see the original, much larger images. Look under 'Research', then 'Aircraft of the Air Force'.

 

You can also read an excellent write-up on this airplane HERE...

 

Click on all but the first for larger images.

 

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Don Miller collection via Project 914 Archives

 

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Here's the 'ole gal before her first flight at March Field on June 27th, 1941...

 

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In 1943 the original engines were replaced with Allison V-3420 in-lines and the aircraft was redesignated XB-19A...

 

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And here's how she ended up in 1949...

 

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Steve O. Reno

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