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.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-52 Super Fortress


Consolidated B-36 Peacemaker

North American B-58 Hustler


North American XB-70

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

Lockheed Martin F-22

And finally...

Lockheed SR-71