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" Little Friend "

By cameracat
Although I don't go to a lot of airshows, I did attend a small airshow at Seething Airfield in Norfolk.....Not just because it's only 5 miles from where I live, But because it was also a charity event for the Norfolk Air Ambulance Service, Privately funded by the good people of Norfolk.

Our Air ambulance is called " Anglia One " and together with a dedicated crew save many lives throughout the year, From road traffic accidents to holiday makers in trouble on the beaches & broads, Anglia One is ready for action.

And so to my upload from the airshow, This is as most will recognise a North American P51D, Owned & flown for us by our very own Maurice Hammond, And based just 3 miles from where I live, A regular sight in these big skies as Maurice just love flying this aircraft.....Smile

Rather than the stock airshow shot, I decided to go for the " Arty " look, an image that might take you back to darker day's, When these aircraft where not being flown for entertainment, A time when many of them did not return to thier bases, Often flown by men who where no more than teenagers, At 19 years old they became men, You lived or you died.........It was a simple as that....Sad

The Nickname " Little friend " was given to the pilots & fighters by the very gratefull bombers crews, who where mighty glad to see them as they returned to thier bases after a mission, Some with engines on fire, Some with wounded crew members on board.

The little friends helped keep the enemy fighters from finishing off the lame ducks.

So here is what a Little friend might have looked like as viewed from a big and very gratefull friend.......Smile

Tags: Norfolk General Transport Mustang Black and white Airshow P51d Janie Seething Maurice hammond

Voters: xinia, DunDiggin, proz and 17 more



DunDiggin 16 64 2 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 11:51AM
Nice one!
Herge88 16 40 6 England
24 Sep 2007 1:01PM
Great shot, well focused.

Best Matt
imagio 16 12 1 England
25 Sep 2007 12:21AM
Excellent capture.Nice thoughts and write up too.

A Booth 21 11 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 6:20AM
excellent composition clarity of detail and aircraft.
threed 18 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 11:15AM
What a brilliant picture and great idea and you know so much background to the subject. Really excellent.
rrf105 17 42 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2007 12:08PM
Nice unusual composition and very interesting information.
cameracat 19 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
23 Oct 2007 1:44AM
Thanks One & All for dropping by, As I said I don't get to many airshows, But I do like this particular show, And I have a soft spot for the old prop driven aircraft........My very first flight in a plane was courtesy of the RAF in a De Havilland Chipmunk, Yes they where still in use by the RAF at that time as basic trainers......Oh! Er! that makes me sound old........Sad

I have always been interested in WW2 History, Not for the glorification of war, More from an inside view of what it must have been like for the people who lived through it.

Ordinary guy's and gals just like me and you, Who suddenly found themselves in some horrendous situations.......Sad And many of them just teenagers, Really makes you think!

Oh! And then the history books reveal how those in high places, Considered the loss of so many by percentages of advantage.

Somebody's Son / Husband / Brother / Just another number....Sad

60 to 70 years later, Have things really changed.?

Sadly I don't think so.
UBOAT 15 41 Scotland
30 Oct 2007 8:34PM
Great picture and did you go back in time to get that one

User_Removed 19 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Nov 2007 7:00PM
I just love this... Vastly under subscribed IMHO Vince.
21 Dec 2007 2:36PM
wish to have one an fly fly away.... Lovely shoot and fantastic plain!

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