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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.
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.