Chino, CA – B17 Bomber – Tail Section (HDR)

B17 Inside HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Here is a photo from the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA.   As you walk up to the museum this lovely B17 Bomber is out front on display.  I crouched inside and set up my tripod and cable release to catch this HDR.   The circular tail section gets tighter and tighter as you get near the end!  I was fun getting in there with all my gear!

Here is some info on the B17 from the web:   The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), introduced in the 1930s. Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and more than met the Air Corps’ expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract due to the prototype’s crash, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing’s design that they ordered 13 B-17s. The B-17 Flying Fortress went on to eventually evolve through numerous design advancements.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial, civilian, and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force based inEngland and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy complemented the RAF Bomber Command’s nighttime area bombing in Operation Pointblank, to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for Operation Overlord. The B-17 also participated, to a lesser extent, in the War in the Pacific, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

I bet this plane at the museum had some stories to tell!!  Enjoy!

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