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B25 Bomber Silhouetted Against the Sun

One from the archives; pulled up for a Facebook photo group - theme is 'Wings'.

B25 Bomber flying over head, silhouetted against the sun
B25 Bomber Silhouetted Against the Sun

An example of simple timing and positioning. We were at the CAF airshow, September 2016, and could see by the pattern the airplanes were flying that if you stood right --> there you would be able to backlight one of the aircraft against the sun. Often the key to a quality photograph is planning, preparation and being in the right place at the right time.

Shot on an older Canon T3i, Tamron 18-270 lens at 270mm. ISO 200, f/25 for 1/4000th second. In the name of speed, I had the camera set to 'p' mode, and just cranked up the shutter speed to ensure I'd get an absolute stop-motion shot. Several shots earlier in the day at 1/500th left some motion blur.

Collecting aircraft for nearly a half a century, the CAF now ranks as one of the largest air forces in the world. Today the CAF has approximately 13,000 members and a fleet of more than 175 aircraft representing more than 60 different types—including planes from several foreign countries and other military conflicts since World War II.

The North American B-25 Mitchell, a twin-engine bomber that became standard equipment for the Allied air forces in World War II, was perhaps the most versatile aircraft of the war. It became the most heavily armed airplane in the world, was used for high- and low-level bombing, strafing, photoreconnaissance, submarine patrol, and even as a fighter and was distinguished as the aircraft that completed the historic raid over Tokyo in 1942. (Doolittles Raid).

I've always been fascinated with the B25 ever since my mom gave me a plastic model kit of the bomber. I don't think I ever successfully completed the kit, but working with it over the hours and finding books in the library (yes, pre-internet) about the model, colors, markings and such, and reading about Doolittles historic raid over Japan has cemented the B25 as one of my favorite military aircraft. According to the CAF, At any given time there are 30-40 B-25's still flying with another 50 or so on static display. 

I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I do. Prints are available; please contact me for sizes, price and shipping.

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