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The B-17 Flying Fortress served the Allied cause around the globe during World War II. Perhaps most famous for its Eighth Air Force raids on Germany and occupied territories, the B-17 was legendary for its ability to take punishment and return with its crew. Over 12,700 of Boeing's long-range bombers were built by men and women in U.S. factories by the end of the war.

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The B-29 Superfortress revolutionized World War II-era bombers, enabling long-range missions over Japan. The "super bomber" could carry more payload and fly faster than the Army's B-17 or B-24 heavy bombers. The B-29 was also equipped with a pressurized interior, allowing crewmen to fly long distances in relative comfort. Two modified B-29s dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, helping end the war in the Pacific. Another carried Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 rocket plane aloft for the first supersonic flight in 1947.

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Designed in the 1980s by Burt Rutan's company Scaled Composites and built by the Beech Aircraft Corporation, the Beechcraft Starship looks nothing like the other business transport of the day.