Kevin and I decided to take a day trip to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford today, somewhere we last visited five years ago. I??d assumed there would be lots of potential black and white subjects to fit with today??s monochrome theme but I??m afraid I??ve only managed one such shot ?? I couldn??t resist the bright colours of the planes! We were particularly pleased to see Sally B there. She??s the only remaining airworthy B17 Bomber in Europe and she appears in the film Memphis Belle. Kevin has been a proud member of the Sally B supporters club for 24 years so he has a particular attachment to this aircraft. There was another family connection there today ?? an Airspeed Oxford aeroplane which was still in pieces, under restoration five years ago. Kevin grandfather was a tool maker at the Airspeed factory during World War II so he may even have had an indirect hand in the making of this particular plane. I was also especially pleased to see Ferocious Frankie, a P51D Mustang which I have photographed in flight several times over Goodwood. Aside from these particular aircraft I was also rather taken with some of the artwork on the aircraft in the American hangar at the museum ?? I think it??s wonderful that the brave crews of these planes had a hand in making their machines into unique individuals.
May 23, 2017