Aviation

The Gathering

Has anyone wondered what it would look like to see a row of B-25 Mitchell Bombers, or any mass of bombers, come taxing down the ramp about ready to take off on a mission? I know that I’ve always wondered what it looked like. The best shots of those masses of WWII planes are in black and white in a time were the land was so much different then now. Well at Grimes Field home of the Champaigne Aviation Museum and part location of the Doolittle Reunion, we had the opportunity to witness the largest gathering of B-25’s since WWII.

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At o dark 30 the crews gathered and the planes prepared for another historic flight over to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 20 B25 Bombers from all over the country made up the formation that took flight yesterday morning. I was down at the North end of the field watching the planes come on down the taxi way. By 0700 the planes were in front of us and the morning light was slowing lighting up the fuselages. The excitment was intense as the planes turned to get to the runway. Between the intensity of having so many B25’s in front of me and the wind from the engines making everything a bit colder, hand holding was not only challenging but interesting. Here is just a sample of the images from the morning in which 9 B25’s can be seen!

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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