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Old Nov 9, 2010, 8:58 PM   #21
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Thanks for posting these ... the B17 is still such a beautiful plane even after all these years .. and in that bbaremetal/silver finish more soo. You got some cracking shots there and the engine damage pic is one of them!

You know what's always amazed me is the art work that those boys used to do for there planes... brave and extremely talented !

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Hey Harj: glad you caught this thread, I remember that you had an interest in these older planes; I remember you once posted an unusual shot of a plane flying over framed by a parked B-17. Glad you enjoyed the B-17 shots.
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Old Nov 9, 2010, 9:03 PM   #22
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Really good shots Steven, great planes and like Greg said a great sound. Every now and then they'll come up home to Boeing Field here.

Warning, Old fart speak...: When I was a kid in England in the late 40's, I actually remember seeing and hearing these monsters taking off and landing at Manston Air Base in Kent. The base was up behind our houses.
One of the pilots lived off base in our street. I remember his wife tell my aunt that he'd she'd wake up at night with him pushing her out of bed, yelling "Jump, you bloody fool, we're on fire."

Oh wait. They didn't have PTSD in those days did they?
Interesting story Ken. Yes, you are right, didn't have fancy terms like PTSD in those days. They used to talk about "shell shock" for the soldiers, but I don't think they had any term for the airmen or the sailors.
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You know what's always amazed me is the art work that those boys used to do for there planes... brave and extremely talented!
And matched by very few actual, alive, women, either in the US or the UK at the time. As Paul Simon wrote in Kodachrome: "I know they'd never match my sweet imagination..."

Much of the airplane pin-up girl art work was modeled after the work of the Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas (1896 1982), who almost starved to death under US censorship after WWII until Playboy Magazine started buying his work.

Don't ask me why I know this.

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Why do yo.......Oh never mind..!
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And matched by very few actual, alive, women, either in the US or the UK at the time. As Paul Simon wrote in Kodachrome: "I know they'd never match my sweet imagination..."

Much of the airplane pin-up girl art work was modeled after the work of the Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas (1896 – 1982), who almost starved to death under US censorship after WWII until Playboy Magazine started buying his work.

Don't ask me why I know this.

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LOL. I have an old framed Vargas print in my home office.
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LOL. I have an old framed Vargas print in my home office.
And you're not married?
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...I've some paper matchbook covers, someplace, I can't remember exactly where and I had a 'spinner knob' too, on my 47 Plymouth!
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LOL. I have an old framed Vargas print in my home office.
My wife is extraordinarily understanding but even she has limits...
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LOL. I have an old framed Vargas print in my home office.
Ok, ok, its time to get our minds out of the gutter and back onto the original subject.... These great old WWII warbirds.

I say, speaking as a former employee of a company that did restorations on these vintage planes, these are great rivits.

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