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B-17 Photo Pass

Airplane Photo

  • Type:   Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
  • Venue:   Mankato Municipal Airport
  • Location:   Mankato, Minnesota
  • Date:  
  • Camera:   Minolta 7000i w/150-300mm Zoom
  • Film:   Fuji ASA 100 Color Print Film
  • Full Size Photo (~250kb)

B-17G making a photo pass at the annual Mankato Airfest in Mankato, MN. A photo pass is where the pilot tips the plane up into a high bank to allow the folks on the ground to photograph the plane as if it were an air-to-air shot. That gives the illusion that we are slightly above the Flying Fortress.

This B-17G is owned by the Collings Foundation. They are a group dedicated to keeping significant historic airplanes in the air and flying in front of people, as opposed to being permanently grounded in a museum. The B-17 tours extensively with another WWII bomber, the B-24, and rides are available in both of these bombers. The B-17 is one of 11 Flying Fortresses that are still active, and the B-24 is one of only two still active.

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