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12. Lockheed Hudson. The Hudson—nicknamed the “Old Boomerang” due to its ability to withstand enemy fire and safely return home—would go on to earn innumerable accolades during the WW2. It primarily served with the RAF Coastal Command hunting German and Japanese submarines, but Hudson crews also provided convoy escort, participated in the RAF’s first thousand-aircraft raid into Germany, performed reconnaissance missions and dropped spies behind enemy lines. Lockheed Aircraft Factory, USA. Circa 1938-1943.


11. Bréguet 941. French STOL transport aircraft Bréguet 941 premieres in Sweden. 1963.


10. de Havilland Comet 4B (SX-DAK) of Olympic Airways in flight. Postcard, 1960.


9. Lockheed-Boeing-General Dynamics YF-22 Raptor at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)


8. Northrop F-5F Tiger II. An F-5F Tiger II fighter aircraft of the 3rd Squadron, Royal Saudi Air Force, takes off during Operation Desert Shield. Saudi Arabia, 1991. Photo by Rose S. Reynolds.


7. Tupolev Tu-330. The mock-up of the Tu-330 aircraft is pictured at the Tupolev Design Bureau. Moscow, Russia. October 17, 1997. Photo by Roman Denisov (ITAR-TASS Photo Agency)


6. Bell L-39-1. The L-39 was a Bell P-39 fighter equipped with an experimental wing to permit the study of the low-speed handling characteristics of aircraft with swept wings. The L-39 was purely an experimental aircraft and was never intended for operational use. 1950. Photo by NASA/Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC)


5. Molniya 1 Triplane. Six-seat aircraft intended for individual use, tourism, cargo and mail carrying, business flights and aerial photography and can be used in patrol and ambulance services. Assembly line of the Molniya 1 Triplane. Aviation facility, Samara, Russia, 1992.


4. Blackburn B-101 Beverley. British troops are "swallowed up" by the new transport aircraft. The first production model of the 100-foot-long Blackburn "Beverley", Britain's largest air transport to mid-1950s. Powered by four Bristol Centaurus engines, the aircraft has a normal range of 1,600 miles with a maximum speed of 238 m.p.h. February 1955.


3. General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark aircraft over Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA. 15 October 1985. Photo by Scavio.


2. Antonov An-28. The Antonov An-28 aircraft intended for search and rescue purposes in the Far North weather conditions. Yakutsk ASSR, USSR. 1988. Photo by Roman Poderni (TASS Photo Agency)


1. Keystone Y1B-4 (S/N 30-344), the first Y1B-4 built, at March Field, Calif., in 1932. (U.S. Air Force photo)