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Planes That Changed the World

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Flight and aircraft throughout time; how aviation has influenced history.

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A double-decked monster designed to carry 800 passengers and revolutionize the highways of the sky.
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Emerging as a rival to Boeing's 247, the rigorously tested twin-engine DC3 would eventually radicalize the aviation industry in 1934.
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Lockheed is tasked with creating a plane invisible to Russian radar, capable of reaching an altitude of 80,000 feet and speeds of Mach 3.2.

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