APOD: B-17 Detail

Today’s APOD: a lovingly restored Boeing B-17G.

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Beautiful, isn’t she? These old war machines have such character. The notion of flying them into combat is widely glamorized, though the missions they flew were highly dangerous, often difficult, and usually full of mortality. That said the B-17 did have an amazing reputation for durability, with tales and photos of airframes returning home missing large sections of wing and body.

The surviving airframes are living history, infused with personality and still ready to take wing even after the long stretch of years between WWII and today. I don’t know how much longer these wonderful machines will be able to fly, so I take every chance I get to appreciate them and reflect on their legacy and the history of the era from which they hail.

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