A Wing and a Prayer

When my editor asked me if I wanted to shoot a B-17, my only response to her was “are you kidding me?” And with that, I got the opportunity to photograph EAA’s B-17G “Aluminium Overcast” during its visit to Cedar Rapids.

This actually wasn’t the first B-17 I’d been inside—about 20 years ago, I’d been able to see the Collins Foundation’s “909” which was just as cool. After seeing Aluminum Overcast, I feel like I’ve seen the two most significant flyable B-17s in the world.

And, as one of the staff photographers put it: “It’s not just that you got to photograph a B-17, it’s that you got to photograph a B-17G.”

Finally, someone who gets it.