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boBBrennan Nov 6, 2009 5:57 PM

....she's back in town I went to Arlington airport to shoot a few addon files to my B-17 Aluminum Overcast collection. Friday made for a good day (sans a crowd) to move about and make photos, but no crowd - no flights, that will be tomorrow and I have a football game so today it was. Here are a couple samples.

E-3 50-200 v.1 @ 112mm f/10 1/250s ISO160

E-3 50-200 v.1 SP mode @ 56mm f/18 1/250s ISO160 ---- Zig, your 'pano crop' came to mind for these two

E-3 50-200 v.1 SP mode @ 83mm f/6.3 1/250s ISO160

E-3 14-54 v.1 AP mode @ 22mm f/3.0 1/320s ISO 160

E-3 14-54 v.1 AP mode @ 14mm f/2.8 1/2500s ISO 160

zig-123 Nov 6, 2009 6:28 PM

Hi Bob,

Beautiful shots of a classic aircraft. And....I do think that a pano crop is very effective for that kind of shot. My favorite, though, is the last one-that is just perfect.

Your shots and Greg's recent trip to the airshow have me thinking about going to an Airshow. Unfortunately, this isn't the season for it up here in the Northeast.


tkurkowski Nov 6, 2009 6:33 PM

Great photos, of a beautiful airplane. Thanks for sharing.


bhammitt Nov 6, 2009 6:46 PM

Beautiful shots of a beautiful warbird!! She visited our town a couple years ago, with your permission I would like to post a shot from her visit here.


bluenose Nov 6, 2009 7:03 PM

I love the old planes. There is a Lancaster bomber that flies out of the Warplane Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I had an opportunity to go on board while it was parked outside the hangar. It was very cramped and it had very little in the way of creature comforts. Being inside these aircraft gives one an appreciation of what the air crews were able to do under very difficult circumstances.

Wonderful images.


hiro1963 Nov 6, 2009 8:12 PM

Fantastic photos Bob! Very powerful! I like them a lot!

- Hiro

fldspringer Nov 6, 2009 8:32 PM

There is something that makes me feel warm inside.
I have the softest of spots for the old WWII warbirds, the people that restore to that level, and those determined to keep 'em flying.

I used to work with a company that did restorations. It isn't cheap and the people were more artists than mechanics. Just imagine the gallons per hour to feed a 2000 hp engine and multiply that times four. Its not for the faint of heart.

One to the the planes we did was a P-40 warhawk. It was about this time of year that I squirted the last fuel in it for the owner so it could be removed from service for the winter. "That will save me $3800 on insureance" he said. Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, and maybe March. I didn't think that was to bad of rates for a million dollar plus aircraft. "No, thats per month" he replied.

It takes a person with resources and a desire to keep history alive. Bless 'em.


Greg Chappell Nov 6, 2009 9:03 PM

Lots of beautiful chrome. Like a 1950's Zeiss, Voigtlander or Leica all chrome rangefinders...all kinds of personality you don't see today.

boBBrennan Nov 6, 2009 9:11 PM

...........thanks everyone for the comments.

This old gal squeaks and groans some and today I heard the brakes being a bit unhappy, she is a beautiful plane, slow as molasses and the engines sound is really wonderful.

Bob H, please do share your photos..... love to see!

yep there's little room. I've not photographed the inside of the plane, today would have been the perfect day for that because at the time I was 'up close' there was only one other person. I did not have my C7070WZ today which is the camera to use for inside shots. Maybe next year I will try doing that.

here is a peek in...

For any who may like to see the rest of the story and for some, again for the first time ......

TekiusFanatikus Nov 7, 2009 8:32 AM

Those are awesome shots!

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