Sunday, March 30, 2008

A Reminder of The Greatest Generation - Restored B-17G " Liberty Belle'

A restored B-17G is visiting Salinas this weekend. I never miss an opportunity to go see these old war birds. They are animated tributes to the heros that crewed them during WWII.

Over 12,000 of these planes were made by Boeing and others, under contract, during the war. Of that number, more than 4,000 were shot down, roughly 1 in 3 of all the planes made. That is a horrifying casualty rate. One can only try to imagine the courage and determination it took to fly these planes mission after mission.

I gray scaled these images to capture the era. I also used the colored pencil filter in Photoshop to create the "drawings," an effect I like with these photos.

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