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Old Aug 22, 2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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The B-17 travels all over the country so it is well known. It came to the Lawrence, MA airport for three days this week.

I took most of the pictures on Friday with the K-7 and Sigma 10-20mm. All exterior shots were shot with a Sigma thin CP filter. The flight pictures were taken Saturday morning as Friday they did not have enough takers to make two of the three scheduled flights.

The shots inside the plane were taken with flash as were the ones of the lower gun turret.
The flight shots were with the Tokina 80-400 @ 400mm.





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Underside ball turret. The gunner sat in a fetal position while firing and was sometimes in the turret for 10-12 hours.




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Wow, these are great shots, Lou!
Looks like you had a lot of fun while you were at it.
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Nice series Lou..the interior shots are nice and crisp and well lit...the flash worked well. I need to get myself down to a local "airport days" when the old war birds are on display. Bet it was thrilling to hear the drone of this one when it departed!

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Wow - interesting series, something I've never seen before. I particularly liked the shots of the bomb bay and machine gun locations.
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Very nice, that old war bird looks like it is in tip top sharp.
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Really nice series!!! Thanks.
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Nice series Lou..the interior shots are nice and crisp and well lit...the flash worked well. I need to get myself down to a local "airport days" when the old war birds are on display. Bet it was thrilling to hear the drone of this one when it departed!

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Thanks Jehan, it was a thrill to see this old war bird. Flights on it were quite expensive, close to $400.

I think the thing that surprised me was the spartan environment, the cramped quarters and the weapons carried. Indeed she was a "Flying Fortress".

I stayed at the airport long enough to assess the traffic patterns @ the airport and then knew what runway they would use. I scouted the surrounding area and found an adequate spot to shoot from. I could not see the takeoff roll at all (yes the sound was wonderful) and she was just getting airborne when I got a Look at her.

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John, Kevin, Shoturtle and Ned. Thanks for commenting and I am glad you all enjoyed the series.

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Great series of photos. What aircraft carrier was this based on???

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This was a land base bomber, did not operate off carrier. They mostly operated from airfields in England during the second world war.
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