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While some of you already noticed in my recent Herc post, I also got a real treat last summer. We had a visit for one week by bombers from the Commemorative Air Force. B-17G Sentimental Journey. I saw her the last time she was in Winnipeg. Though that was almost twenty years ago! Unlike me, the B-17 does not look a day older. And for her first time in The 'Peg, B-25J Mitchell: Maid in the Shade.

This B-17 arrived in the PTO too late to see action and was used largely for photo mapping after hostilities had ended. The B-25 however was a real honour to see. She is a genuine combat veteran. She flew 15 combat missions over Italy in late 1944. Including one mission where she was the only ship out of four to return home. You can still see where bullet holes were patched. And I'm told a fair bit of flak was taken out of the tail during restoration. She wore Battle Number 18 in World War II and she still wears that number today.

I brought my camera to work the day these two were expected to depart. The B-25 had a minor technical issue so she stayed in our hangar for a few extra days. I was thrilled! There was a combat veteran B-25 parked four feet from my locker!

Trevor is in the tug as Brandon wing walks a legend.

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Why yes, I did have just the best day ever at work!

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Dan enjoying the day.

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Trevor admires the legend.

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I was tempted to get much closer with engines running. But I didn't want to alarm the crew so I kept a respectable distance. Next time, closer!

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Such a glorious sound!

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Volunteer from the CAF ground crew walks past.

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Till we meet again.

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Thanks for looking.

-matt

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Fantastic! Do you have a longer lens as well, for detail shots, if the opportunity ever arises again?

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You lucky dog!........beautiful photos of big beautiful birds.

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You can't beat up close and personal - lovely stuff, and the b&w looks great,

cheers

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Very nice photos. You just me want very much the new tool Airfix B-17!

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Fantastic! Do you have a longer lens as well, for detail shots, if the opportunity ever arises again?

Thanks for the kind words gents!

Longest lens I have is a 70-200. Though I was lucky in that if I'd wanted detail shots I could walk right up to her prior to engine start!

I have my ticket to the Oshkosh fly in and plan on working my 70-200 pretty hard that week in July.

-matt

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Lovely photos! I do love B-17's deep down.

If the Martin Mars turns up at Oshkosh, I would love to see some pics for my build (in the WIP).. Up close would be great but I have no idea what kind of set up it is there and with it being on water!

Enjoy the show, I wish I was coming over..

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Lovely photos! I do love B-17's deep down.

If the Martin Mars turns up at Oshkosh, I would love to see some pics for my build (in the WIP).. Up close would be great but I have no idea what kind of set up it is there and with it being on water!

Enjoy the show, I wish I was coming over..

Thanks! I do hope she makes it. I never thought I would see a Mars in person so I'm thrilled that may just happen. I'll be sure to get plenty of photos!

Cheers!

-matt

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