Recently, a WWII-era B-17G bomber (a restoration effort of The Liberty Foundation) visited Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado. I wasn't aware of the visit until I was doing yardwork and heard the deep rumble of four Wright Cyclone engines over the lawnmower. I saw the shiny aluminum bomber as it flew over my house and a quick Google search told me that the aircraft was on display - and flying paying passengers - ten minutes away. I dropped everything and headed over there for the full afternoon and then again early the next morning with my camera. The B-17G is such an iconic aircraft: streamlined, shiny, bristling with defensive weapons, and able to take a lot of damage and keep flying. The history of the aircraft and the stories of the men who served aboard them are fascinating.
I was pretty motivated to make photographs of the aircraft that were unique and captivating. In retrospect, I wish I would have brought along some of my old film cameras to photograph this airplane - some are older than this aircraft! I hope you enjoy these.
[Some of these images (and more) will be made available for sale shortly on this web site and at The Walnut Gallery. Some of the proceeds for any sales of these photographs will be donated to The Liberty Foundation to support the further maintenance and operation of this aircraft.]
Here's some great video footage of the flight of a B-17 from the cockpit, courtesy of Nick Murray.