Air show parking U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxies cargo aircraft aligned on a Westover, Mass. Air Reserve Base runway, to make room for air show aircraft this past August. The 2012 Great New England Air Show was the largest Westover has had since 1974, boasting more than 60 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Kelly Galloway)
The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed by Short Brothers to meet a Air Ministry specification from 1936. When the preferred design from Supermarine had to be abandoned, the Stirling was ordered for the RAF. It entered service in early 1941.