Douglas F4D-1 Skyray - Every aircraft has a beginning. Unlike cars and household items aircraft are still largely hand built. Even today. This photo dump shows some classic aircraft in their early stages.

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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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Boeing B-52 Super Fortress

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Consolidated B-36 Peacemaker

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North American B-58 Hustler

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North American XB-70

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Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat

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Lockheed P-38 Lightning

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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

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Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

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Lockheed Martin F-22

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And finally...

Lockheed SR-71

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