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B-17 bomber arrives in Winnipeg

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A piece of aviation history touched down in Winnipeg Monday. A B-17 bomber, one of only a handful that are still airworthy, will spend a week at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. Free Press photojournalist Boris Minkevich caught the bomber, dubbed Sentimenal Journey, both in the air and on the ground.

  • Impressive from near and far, the sound of the B-17 bomber's four Wright Cyclone radial engines was distinctive as it approached.

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    Impressive from near and far, the sound of the B-17 bomber's four Wright Cyclone radial engines was distinctive as it approached.

  • Known as a 'Flying Fortress' during the Second World War, B-17s were common in strategic bombing campaigns against Germany by the U.S. Army Air Forces.

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    Known as a 'Flying Fortress' during the Second World War, B-17s were common in strategic bombing campaigns against Germany by the U.S. Army Air Forces.

  • This B-17, dubbed Sentimental Journey, was used in Pacific campaigns during the Second World War.

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    This B-17, dubbed Sentimental Journey, was used in Pacific campaigns during the Second World War.

  • An Air Canada Jazz flight sits in the foreground as Sentimental Journey approaches the runway.

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    An Air Canada Jazz flight sits in the foreground as Sentimental Journey approaches the runway.

  • In addition to serving during the Second World War in the Pacific theatre, Sentimental Journey has operated as an air-sea rescue craft as well as a forest fire fighter. It began making appearances at air shows after being fully restored.

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    In addition to serving during the Second World War in the Pacific theatre, Sentimental Journey has operated as an air-sea rescue craft as well as a forest fire fighter. It began making appearances at air shows after being fully restored.

  • Sentimental Journey's nose art features the likeness of World War II-era pinup Betty Grable.

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    Sentimental Journey's nose art features the likeness of World War II-era pinup Betty Grable.

  • Restoration included details inside and out of every section of the plane, including the nose, where the bombardier and navigator would sit.

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    Restoration included details inside and out of every section of the plane, including the nose, where the bombardier and navigator would sit.

  • Free Press photojournalist Boris Minkevich used a fisheye lens to capture the nose of the B-17 bomber in this photo.

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    Free Press photojournalist Boris Minkevich used a fisheye lens to capture the nose of the B-17 bomber in this photo.

  • The bottom gunner portion of the plane.

    BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    The bottom gunner portion of the plane.

  • A dummy sits in the tail gunner position.

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    A dummy sits in the tail gunner position.

  • Hundreds of people flocked to the Western Canada Aviation Museum to watch Sentimental Journey land, and to get a tour of the old warbird.

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    Hundreds of people flocked to the Western Canada Aviation Museum to watch Sentimental Journey land, and to get a tour of the old warbird.

  • Visitors line up to take a tour inside the B-17 bomber.

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    Visitors line up to take a tour inside the B-17 bomber.

  • An interior shot of the nose of the plane.

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    An interior shot of the nose of the plane.

  • A table with documents in the nose of the B-17 bomber.

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    A table with documents in the nose of the B-17 bomber.

  • A view of the B-17's cockpit.

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    A view of the B-17's cockpit.

  • The waist gunner section of the B-17 bomber.

    Boris Minkevich

    The waist gunner section of the B-17 bomber.

  • The waist gunner section of Sentimental Journey.

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    The waist gunner section of Sentimental Journey.

  • The top gunner turret section of Sentimental Journey.

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    The top gunner turret section of Sentimental Journey.

  • Bomb bays on a B-17 could hold up to 8000 pounds.

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    Bomb bays on a B-17 could hold up to 8000 pounds.

  • The tail gunner dummy is seen from the inside of the plane.

    BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    The tail gunner dummy is seen from the inside of the plane.

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