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From Pearl Harbor to the final air assault on Japan, take a look at America's past battle aircrafts.

A Boeing Stearman, 2006.  (Juergen Lehle/Wikimedia Commons)
North American T-6 Texans, 2013. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Cessna AT-17 "Bobcat" trainer, circa 1942. (Wikimedia Commons)
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, date unknown. (U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons)
North American B-25C Mitchell bomber, 1942. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)
A Bell P-39 Airacobra, 1943.  (USAAF/Wikimedia Commons)
Bell P-63 Kingcobra, undated.  (Wikimedia Commons)
PBY Catalina, 1943. (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter planes, 1943. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, 1943. (Lt. Charles Kerlee, USNR/Wikimedia Commons)
Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1944. (U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons)
Consolidated B24 Liberator, 1942. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
North American P-51 Mustangs, 1944. (USAAF/Wikimedia Commons)
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, 1944. (Horace Abrahams/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain, 1940s.  (Air Force/Wikimedia Commons)
Douglas A-26C, World War II. (National Archives/Wikimedia Commons)
Grumman TBM Avenger, 2012. (Gerry Metzler/Wikimedia Commons)
Grumman F6F Hellcat, 1943. (National Archives)
Grumman F8F Bearcat, 1945. (NACA Langley Research Center/Wikimedia Commons)
Curtis SB2C Helldiver, circa 1945. (Wikimedia Commons)
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, 1942. (Stephenson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
FG-1D Corsair, World War II. (U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News March 1953/Wikimedia Commons)
Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1957. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Grumman TBM Avenger, 2012. (Gerry Metzler/Wikimedia Commons)

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