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Mustang Series
B17 Series

The Long Road Home

With formation discipline slightly relaxed as the Group leaves the threat of Luftwaffe attacks behind a huge tract of sky is painted by the ‘Mighty 8th’. The various squadrons of the B17 Group show several ‘holes’ in the formation make-up as less fortunate aircraft have failed to complete the trip. Also relaxed are the escorting P51s at the end of a long mission for single-seat fighters - the whole panorama illustrates the huge impact that the US 8th Air Force made on the European WW2 campaign.

While thankful to be nearly home they would be off again in a couple of days for another similar sortie - by this time a crew would be required to undertake no less than 35 missions to complete their operational tour, a daunting task with a very low probability of success.

My thanks to Connor for the suggestion for the 'design' for this one.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:24.0-60.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Sep 2010 - 6:28 PM
Focal Length:30mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:'The Long Road Home'
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:5 Dec 2011 - 11:50 AM
Tags:Aircraft, B17, Digital art, Mustang, Ww2
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conrad
conrad e2 Member 910870 forum postsconrad vcard 116 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 12:04 PM

Looks like a scene from a war film - very realistic, well done!

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
5 Dec 2011 - 12:05 PM

Not on here much these days but find your work inspirational on several different levels.
Cheers
Alan

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Glyn1
Glyn1  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 12:07 PM

Excellently put together.

Glyn

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FlashBangPicture

utterly stunning work

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4132 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 1:01 PM

Another excellent presentation and historical narrative, Pat: as ever your work is so fascinating to view and instructive to those of us less well versed (in my case, completely ignorant) in such matters.
Ronnie.

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 1:24 PM

Excellent as ever.

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Peterpools
5 Dec 2011 - 1:45 PM

Magnificent. As a pilot, nothing could be better then the sound of a Mustang Merlin.
Peter

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Jestertheclown


Quote: nothing could be better then the sound of a Mustang Merlin.

'Rolls-Royce Merlin?'

The Mustang originally had an Allison engine. The Merlin was added later and was never intended for the Mustang.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 5 Dec 2011 - 4:39 PM

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Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 4:50 PM

Great work. Ann

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4391 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 5:06 PM

Wow !....very impressive !!!!

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scartlane
scartlane  366 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Dec 2011 - 9:40 PM

Fantastic, looks like a scence from the battle of britain.

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merecat_20
6 Dec 2011 - 8:04 AM

Another brilliant composition Pat. I love Mustangs. As always an excellent narrative


Quote: nothing could be better then the sound of a Mustang Merlin.
'Rolls-Royce Merlin?'

The Mustang originally had an Allison engine. The Merlin was added later and was never intended for the Mustang.

I thought the later P51 flew with a Merlin licence built by Packard?

Mick

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Jestertheclown
6 Dec 2011 - 11:36 AM


Quote: I thought the later P51 flew with a Merlin licence built by Packard?

The later ones did, which is what I said above.
I know for certain that "Big Beautiful Doll" (or the original aircraft at least) depicted here was Merlin powered but the first Mustangs off of the production line and indeed from the drawing board, were powered by an Allison which turned out to be a very underpowered choice.
Hence the adoption of the Merlin, which by that time had proved its worth in plenty of RAF aircraft.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 6 Dec 2011 - 11:37 AM

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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
10 Dec 2011 - 3:04 PM

Nice work again grampa/

connor

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