A Year In Aircraft Photographs

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My interest in the history of aviation is fairly new. I have had favorite planes for quite some time, most notably B-17 bombers, and my favorite era of aviation is definitely Second World War. This makes the USAF Museum in Dayton a perfect place to visit. I went to EAA AirVenture for the first time, and the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio twice this year.

This has been an interesting year for B-17s. While I visited the wreck (and total loss) of one right here in Illinois, another B-17 (the Memphis Belle) has finally reached a state of restoration where it’s wings are now attached.

I selected 12 photos which I like from all the aircraft photos I took during 2011, and you can see them below:

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" flying over EAA AirVenture.

Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird.

Junkers Ju-52.

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk.

Douglas A-20G Havoc.

Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" under restoration.

This is the mounted plane infront of the museum, taken from underneath.
Stole my Uncles idea.

B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby".

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin.

B-17 ball turret. Posting this one for content more than quality!

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk.

B-17G "Liberty Belle" wreck. This was as close as I was able to get to the site.
Again, posting this one for content rather than quality.

2 thoughts on “A Year In Aircraft Photographs

  1. I’m a devout fan of avaiation history myself, the best airshows I’ve seen however were at the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when I was over there in 1990, especially the one at Folkstone at the coast, have to contibue this in a bit family needs to go out..TBC

  2. Back Tim, yes the Airshows in Britain were fabulous. Had never seen a spitfire in person, and just to go up and touch it was a dream come true. That and the Hurri were just something I would have flown over the pond to see, and of course hear.I also got to see a Mosquito down at Folkestone, although so far away I wished it was closer.
    I hope sometime Tim you can make it down to my neck of the woods in Beverly,MA, they have usually a Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and of course a B-17.
    It still amazes me how many people who don’t even know the difference. There part of the Wings of Freedom tour that comes around every year here around September.They haven’t announced the 2012 schedule yet, should happen around Dec. 13th.
    Here’s there website If your interested

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I met my wife through the hobby in 2006, and consider photography to be a massive part of my life. I don't consider myself a professional, and have never made any money (though it would be nice). I take photos to remember something, and because deep down I feel it fills a void for something I need to do.

My first 'real' camera was a Fujifilm Finepix s7000, it was a point-and-shoot with options to shoot manual, and it allowed me to learn and re-learn everything I would need going forward. I upgraded to a Nikon D5000 camera in 2010 and haven't yet been able to upgrade again yet.

You can see most of my public photos on Flickr, which I use primarily as an online backup.

Left: One of my favorite photos. Taken during sunrise in Chicago, looking out onto Lake Michigan.


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