WW2 Technology, Aviation Art by Me and Fun Facts!

So this is a little off my normal topics but I wanted to showcase my photos/art I created today ūüôā I went to the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force today because it was a beautiful cloudy day and I wanted to try out some new techiques I learned with my canon 60D. ¬†Not only am I very pro-america but I’m incredibly¬†fascinated with the older planes that were used in WW2 and I absolutely love the nose art which is used as inspiration for alot of my paintings, you can see some of those¬†here. ¬†Anyway while walking around I ran into two retired¬†air force¬†men and they gave me some facts about the B17 that I were pretty interesting:

#1 Betty Grable’s famous photo with her back to us…the reason why she was looking over her shoulder and not front facing was because she was 4 months¬†pregnant…crazy right?

#2 Each engine on the B17 had it’s own gas tank so if you lost two engines you would still be okay…assuming it’s not on the same side

#3 How did Arizona help out in WW2? Arizona was the best place in the country and in the world to train pilots. 59 airfields were built in Arizona for training fighter and bomber pilots.

All of this had me thinking about how advanced in technology we were just to¬†develop¬†a flying fortress like this, this particular B-17 (last photo) was assembled in 1944. That was 67 years ago! The¬†technical¬†advances from 1939 and 1945 were amazing and played a big role in our outcome of WW2. ¬†The sad thing is I’m not sure if we will ever build planes like these again, everything moving forward seems to be unmanned planes (Droids). Its great that Museum/restoration places like these exist, they keep a part of history alive for the generations like mine and remind us of all the people that gave there lives to make ours better . ¬†Hope you enjoyed these pics! I would love to hear your comments!



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  • Dale - December 31, 2011 - 11:37 pm

    Stunning – how’d you get the pictures to look like this?ReplyCancel

    • kipandgary - January 1, 2012 - 4:17 pm

      It’s called HDR, it stands for high dynamic range, its a certain style of photography where you take 3 shots of the same imageReplyCancel

  • Jonathan Lackman - September 5, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Yeah, crazy incredible photos. They look like paintings. I’m going to have to read up on HDR. You’re something else; I watched the painting (time lapse of NYC) and that’s incredible. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

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