Ever since Topps put out it's Air Supremacy insert set in Allen and Ginter this year, I've decided to take my oddball collection in a more militaria - political route. More on that in the future.
I saw this set sitting on a stack of random pages in his shop and decided to pick it up. Once I saw that the set had a P-38 Lightning in it I was sold.
The Top Pilot series was issued in multiple sets over many years. The total set has 246 cards spread out into many different sub-sets. I'm not sure how these were sold or distributed, but each subset has a theme and checklist card. Cards 18 - 48 are the Warbird series and contain a ton of great World War II fighters, bombers, and recon planes, both from the Allies and the Axis. You can check out the whole checklist here.
Even as a guy who loves the old WWII planes a few of these are pretty new to me. Maybe it's because a lot of the planes look so similar or that they tended to get overshadowed by more popular planes like the B 17 or that there were just so damn many. The A20 Havoc and it's successor the A26 Invader fall into the category.
The B 17 is one of those iconic planes. It's been featured in movies and is always an airshow favorite. I remember putting together a model of a B-17 and just being in awe of the firepower when I was a kid. According to the interwebs there are still about 11 planes airworthy.