The US Dropped Pianos From Planes During World War II

Boosting wartime morale by dropping pianos at the front lines

A demonstration by the Special Service Unit in Fort Meade, Maryland, in 1943. COURTESY OF THE STEINWAY & SONS COLLECTION, LA GUARDIA AND WAGNER ARCHIVES, LAGCC, CUNY

During World War Two, the Steinway and Sons piano company created specially built pianos for US military forces and these were called the victory vertical project. Sometimes they were air-dropped into conflicts, just to provide a bit of relaxation and, they were made in…

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