Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Nice Pictures of a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress

For the past 15 years or so my family and /or Vintage Tub and Bath have been active sponsors of The Collings Foundation B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress. These aircraft formed the backbone of the U.S. strategic bombing effort during the Second World War. Over 18,200 B-24s and 12,700 B-17s were built in the 1930’s and 40’s. Today, less than 15 B-17’s and only 1 B-24 are fully restored and in flying condition. The Collings Foundation bombers are arguably the best examples of these aircraft in existence. These aircraft now tour the country as a tribute to the veterans that flew them in combat.

I wanted to share some photos my friend Dave Miller and I took back in October when we flew in these aircraft from Boston, MA to Hazleton, PA. It was a perfect flying day and we got some great shots. Enjoy!

B-24 Liberator as viewed from under the B-17 wing
B-24 Liberator as viewed from under the B-17 wing.



B-17 Flying Fortress taking off
B-17 Flying Fortress taking off.



B17 Flying Fortress in flight over NE Pennsylvania
B17 Flying Fortress in flight over NE Pennsylvania.



B-24 Liberator in flight as seen from the B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 Liberator in flight as seen from the B-17 Flying Fortress.




B-24 Liberator in flight
B-24 Liberator in flight (as seen from B-17).



In-flight close-up of B-24 Liberator waist gunner position
In-flight close-up of B-24 Liberator waist gunner position.