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Coming Home - the hard way

By patspeirs  
B17 - Homecoming Series (2)

‘The Hard Way’

Stricken and struggling a lone B17 limps across the North Sea. With the Dutch coast now well behind there is only about 80 miles to go to reach the East Anglia bomber bases. Just holding altitude with one engine out - and feathered - another frozen and still smoking with the blades creating a lot of extra drag - the crew need all their energy just in keeping airborne. The B17 proved itself a rugged combat aircraft and many got home so badly damaged that they were beyond repair.

The image shows a 91st Bomb Group B17 making it’s way home ‘the hard way’.

Tags: Digital art Ww2 B17 Aircrfat

Voters: AlexRitchie, digital_boi, terry_cavner and 25 more

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9 May 2011 2:16PM
Says a lot for the flying teams and the construction of the plane good to see you posting again nice one click GrinGrin

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
9 May 2011 2:22PM
Another excellent piece of work Pat.
And yes, it is good to see you're back.

Another wonderful image/work from you once again Pat - well done !

Shroomer 11 14 167 England
9 May 2011 2:58PM
Welcome back Pat. Been missing these. A cracking image and piece of work
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 May 2011 3:43PM
Great image as it struggles to maintain height above the waves, Pat. Beautifully compiled shot as always from you.
jeronius 9 1 1 England
9 May 2011 9:24PM
Wow, awesome image. Still loving your work.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
9 May 2011 9:37PM
It's a beautifully lit plane but aerodynamically the image is a bit wrong. That unfeathered port outer is creating huge drag, so the rudder should be visible on the starboard side and possibly the ailerons a tad out of kilter too, controlling the secondary effects... having been picky, it's still a really good bit of work! Smile

Cheers, Goggz
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
9 May 2011 9:39PM
When will you run out of ideas for B-17 compositions Grampa. Great work, nice lighting and nice photo shopping on the plane and very dramatic back ground.

10 May 2011 10:42PM
Goggz, you make a fair point about the rudder although differential power would have made some difference to the yaw factor. Will have a rework and see if a little rudder looks OK. No worries about being 'picky' - picky helps to improve the breed. My thanks for your interest and input.


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