Friday, April 15, 2011

B-17 over Arizona


Above is a video (in HD) of the B-17  
It is filmed flying over 'our' neck of the hills/desert/our spot in the country.
This aircraft was used in World War II, and now it resides at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, just a few blocks from our house.
Yes, you can take a ride in the Sentimental Journey, if you want. We catch it buzzing our house most days, and always on weekends. I still run out and look up at it, fascinated by its size, its gun turrets, its history. 
Almost any day of the year the CAF Museum is open. 

Almost every day, I wonder about the airmen who flew in it. Who sat in the belly, in the little enclosed bubble, looking at the world below him? Who folded himself in the tail turret, an easy target? Who sat way up front in the nose, underneath the pilots? Would you?
Or the big dome on top - great sky view, but another easy target.
WHOOPS!
I hear it flying over the house right now!
I have to go out and wave. You just have to!

12 comments:

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

I love those planes! I guess because I kind of grew up with them. My father worked on them in the late 50's (please don't do the math) and I'm very sentimental over these and the B-52's and a few others. Such a great video.

Sam said...

I know a decent amount about commercial jets, but nothing about smaller planes or military planes. But that video is breathtaking!

Sandra said...

a wonderful piece of history. my dad's brother was a tail gunner, i am thinking in one much like this, he rode in the tail end and using the machine gun, that is all i know because he refused to talk abou it.

Diane AZ said...

The Sentimental Journey is awesome and I must say that your area looks beautiful in the video.

Sam said...

I never get tired of that plane! My dad kept his plane at Falcon Field for years and we saw quite a bit of it. Do you remember a few years ago when stress fractures rendered it too damage to fly? They were going to ground her permanetly - but she has a lot of friends who wouldn't hear of it!

Sam

Banjo52 said...

They are glorious machines, all right, and the video is way cool. If you want a grimmer (grotesque) perspective, however, try this very short poem.

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner - Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

Stella said...

Good show, Brenda!

Kisses,
Stella

altadenahiker said...

Love this, and that you've just gotta wave. I've been to this museum so I guess I've been just a few blocks from your house.

Thérèse said...

A great show which shows how planes can be fascinating!

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Grandiose foto !
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

That is awesome. It brings back memories. I used to work for Ed Browning - the man who had the Red Baron airplanes - many years ago. I also grew up in Tucson where my dad worked at Davis Monthan. The bone yard was always cool to go out and see. Loved this post.

Pat Tillett said...

that is so cool! Great photos also...