Circa 1951: War planes over Pittsburgh
This stunning picture is a mystery. On the back of the print, in barely legible handwriting, is a date: Dec. 15, 1951. We checked our microfilm and found no evidence that the image was published that day. In fact, it looks to us like the picture was made in warm weather, when trees and other greenery covered many of the city’s hillsides. 
No other information was attached to the print. The image does appear to show Pittsburgh during the Korean War era. Perhaps it was made during an air show or some other display of U.S. military might. One of our photographers suggests it may be a composite picture. We’d love to learn more. If you have any information that would help tell the story of this photograph, please contact us and we’ll share it here on the Digs.
(Pittsburgh Press photo)
— Steve Mellon

Circa 1951: War planes over Pittsburgh

This stunning picture is a mystery. On the back of the print, in barely legible handwriting, is a date: Dec. 15, 1951. We checked our microfilm and found no evidence that the image was published that day. In fact, it looks to us like the picture was made in warm weather, when trees and other greenery covered many of the city’s hillsides. 

No other information was attached to the print. The image does appear to show Pittsburgh during the Korean War era. Perhaps it was made during an air show or some other display of U.S. military might. One of our photographers suggests it may be a composite picture. We’d love to learn more. If you have any information that would help tell the story of this photograph, please contact us and we’ll share it here on the Digs.

(Pittsburgh Press photo)

— Steve Mellon

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