Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Olympus dSLR

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Nov 8, 2010, 12:45 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Steven R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,901
Default B-17 and a Sunday afternoon

Hey guys: it was just a small notice in the weekend activities section of Fridayís paper: An operational B-17 bomber from WWII would be coming to one of the small Tampa airports. For an aviation and history buff, what an opportunity! Iíve seen plenty of B-17 in museum, but personally, Iíve never seen one in actual flight. Grabbed a camera and headed over Sunday afternoon. Took a bunch of shots, most of them mediocre, a few were okay. I was using a Sigma 200MM on a bright, cloudless day. With prop planes, I normally use a slow shutter speed to get prop blur. But with 200mm, using a slow shutter speed induced two much motion blur overall when the plane was in motion, so often it was an exercise in futility, and had to drop back to Aperture mode.

Anyway, what a piece of history; viewed up close and personal. Took a bunch of shots, wanted to share some of them with you guys, as I know there are several of you who enjoy such topics. (They were taking people up for 30 minute rides in the plane, but I didnít have an extra $430 in my pockets! LOL) If you want to see more photos, I posted them to a gallery in Smugmug.

As an FYI, when the plane returned from one of the flights, it had suffered some damage to the outboard starboard engine cowling from a big bird strike; most likely a vulture, according to the pilot. You can see it in some of the shots.

Photos follow.
Steven R is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Nov 8, 2010, 12:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Steven R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,901
Default























Steven R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 1:08 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
dlpin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 143
Default

I've seen one of these monsters in flight before. The two things that stuck me as I watched it flying is how large the wingspan is, and how slow it is in flight.
dlpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 2:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
boBBrennan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Arlington, Texas USA
Posts: 3,554
Default

....excellent! Please pass along your SmugMug link.

I've not seen the Liberty Belle but I have made many photos in and out of the Aluminum Overcast the past two times it has been here. The B-17 engines sound is something special for sure.
____
boBB
boBBrennan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 3:23 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
Posts: 6,483
Default

And just imagine that sound multiplied as several hundred of them flew overhead, dropping their payloads on top of you!
Greg Chappell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 3:32 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Steven R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,901
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by boBBrennan View Post
....excellent! Please pass along your SmugMug link.

I've not seen the Liberty Belle but I have made many photos in and out of the Aluminum Overcast the past two times it has been here. The B-17 engines sound is something special for sure.
____
boBB
Bob, you can just click on a photo, and it will take you directly to the smugmug gallery. But my smugmug site is :
http://stevenr.smugmug.com/
Steven R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 3:35 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: OKLAHOMA
Posts: 200
Default B-17

I was able to take a ride and was able to spend the complete flight in the nose bubble. Got some beautiful shots of my city.
Attached Images
 
quinton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 3:37 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Steven R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,901
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by quinton View Post
I was able to take a ride and was able to spend the complete flight in the nose bubble. Got some beautiful shots of my city.
Wow, what a thrill that you must have had!
Steven R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 4:20 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Wizzard0003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Aberdeen, WA USA
Posts: 1,085
Default

Excellent series, just love shots of old WWII aircraft...!

Very nice work and thanks for sharing these...!
Wizzard0003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 8, 2010, 6:00 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,241
Default

Wow. must of wacked a goose!

__________________
Greg

https://dogsportphoto.smugmug.com/
fldspringer is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:46 AM.