Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Blue Skies and A Bomber

We went for a walk on a beautiful sunny afternoon to enjoy the warm temps and blue skies.

We looked up and noticed a plane flying low in the sky. It didn't look like any of the planes we'd ever seen before. So, of course, I photographed it. Turns out there is a sky show of old World War II bombers in Humboldt County, and we got to see one. It's a B-17.  What a crazy surprise!

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  1. That's a common sight here as the Imperial War Museum at Duxford is just down the road and has frequent flying days. I can't see them without thinking of the Utah Phillips song "Enola Gay" - it's on YouTube if you're not already familiar with it, though make sure you get the Utah Phillips song not the pop tune of the same name.

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    1. John-- I hadn't ever heard Utah Phillips sing this song, so it was quite interesting to be reminded of the Enola Gay. I have often thought I wouldn't see a nuclear bomb in my lifetime, but now I'm not so sure.

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  2. Glad to see the blue skies, but I bet you were surprised to see that bomber flying so low on a quiet afternoon!

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    1. Barbara-- The blues skies make all the difference. It was such a surprise to see this plane.

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  3. Wow, what a blast from the past. Had to make you shake your head for a minute.

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    1. Patti-- Not at all what we expected to see and hear out there on our walk.

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  4. They are completely different beast compared to what we see in the sky today. I imagine the first difference you noticed was the sound.

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    1. Red-- Yes, that's it, a completely different beast. It was the sound that made us look up!

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  5. The B-17 is amazing. You just never know what you're going to look up and see next!

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    1. Colette-- It really did surprise us to see such an old bomber in our skies.

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  6. Yes, that plane definitely looks likes something from a different time. When I first saw it, before reading your post, I wondered if it was a contemporary photo and marveled that it was so clear, the color so true.

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    1. 37paddington-- Just seeing that bomber made me wonder what it might have been like to see one 75 years ago. A whole other time, circumstance, war. Scary then, historical now.

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  7. Gorgeous sky. The bomber would result in the man in my life to immediately pull out his phone and search for flight info and whatnots - he has all the apps.

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    1. Sabine-- It's been blue sky hot here for days. The old planes of WW II picked the right time to fly. In the evening yesterday, we saw several planes again flying over our house. The man in your life would have been checking his phone!

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  8. Recognise one anywhere. Many years ago one flew over our heads at an airfield I was at. Awesome plane only second to a Lancaster which makes my hair stand on end when it flys over at tree top hight

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    1. Billy-- I had a feeling you would've recognized it! I'm going to google Lancaster and take a look.

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  9. Incredible sky!! Wow! Interesting airplane, too.

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    1. Tara-- Finally, blue skies. We've been rejoicing!

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  10. Now that's pretty cool. I've seen a few B-29's over the years, and may be a B-17 on the ground, but I am pretty sure I have never seen one in the air. Imagine hundreds of them streaming overhead.

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    1. Mark-- Wow, it never even occurred to me to think of 100s of them flying overhead. Pretty scary. It is quite a sight though.

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  11. Wow -- that IS a crazy surprise. I wouldn't know what to think seeing that thing flying overhead!

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    1. Steve-- A World War II bomber here in Arcata? Crazy indeed!

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  12. Wow, I would love to see that flying overhead! It certainly makes for an exciting walk.

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    1. Sharon-- It was a a surprising moment. It sounds so different from airplanes today.

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