They always say it’s better to be lucky than good. In some cases that’s a very true statement in photography. Even the best of plans can go south, which especially goes true when dealing with light. Often times the best moments were the unexpected ones, when life does it’s own thing without planning. This brings me to this photograph of the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI.” When photographing it one early morning it was of big surprise, and at first glance annoyance, to see 12 national guards doing their morning routine. This included walking around the plane. But it turned out to be a very fortuitous circumstance, because they ended up looking like a flight crew going out to the plane. The B-29 could hold a crew of eleven and their happens to be twelve people here, pretty darn close! The illusion comes across of this plane going out on a early mission instead of just being parked. Luck was on our side that morning.
I love how much thought goes into all the different routines and acts that are incorporated in the airshow. One of my favorite was on Friday when “FIFI” the only B-29 Superfortress flying in the world right now flew overhead with three B-25 Mitchell bombers and two TBM Avengers. It flew after the Tora! Tora! Tora! display which in itself is a great performance! The bombers flew in support of the bombing effort of WWII
It was great to see FIFI flying over the field. After she took off she started to make a high orbit and for a moment it looked like she was going to stay that way. Thankfully she lined up on runway 36 and made a slow northward pass. Afterward she did an orbit with the other planes that were going to be in the formation and came in overhead in a arrowhead formation. I actually had to switch to the 70-200 to get the shot of all the planes together they were flying so close overhead and in such a tight formation. Then again that B-29 is one big ass plane.
When you’re out today celebrating the holiday festivities with friends and family, drinking and eating, and enjoying life; take a moment to remember those that have fallen protecting the freedoms we enjoy today. Today we remember those that served this country.