Historical Photos

THE PLANE CRASH

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After losing control of the English Electronic Lightning F-1, test pilot George Aird ejects himself before the plane crashes to the ground below. Jim Mead tried to photograph the plane in its test fly, and ended up shooting an incredible photo. The guy in the tractor was not posing. Actually he was telling Mead that he was unauthorized to be there.

SECOND SUBALTERN ELIZABETH

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Before becoming a queen, Queen Elizabeth helped served her country in a different way. During World War II, the then-Princess Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945. As “Second Subaltern Elizabeth Alexander Mary Windsor,” she trained as a mechanic and driver. She still loves cars.