August 31, 2015


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B-17 bomber arrives in Winnipeg

Impressive from near and far, the sound of the B-17 bomber's four Wright Cyclone radial engines was distinctive as it approached. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
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. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
This B-17, dubbed Sentimental Journey, was used in Pacific campaigns during the Second World War. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
An Air Canada Jazz flight sits in the foreground as Sentimental Journey approaches the runway. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
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. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Sentimental Journey's nose art features the likeness of World War II-era pinup Betty Grable. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Restoration included details inside and out of every section of the plane, including the nose, where the bombardier and navigator would sit. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Free Press photojournalist Boris Minkevich used a fisheye lens to capture the nose of the B-17 bomber in this photo. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The bottom gunner portion of the plane. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dummy sits in the tail gunner position. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Hundreds of people flocked to the Western Canada Aviation Museum to watch Sentimental Journey land, and to get a tour of the old warbird. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Visitors line up to take a tour inside the B-17 bomber. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
An interior shot of the nose of the plane. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A table with documents in the nose of the B-17 bomber. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A view of the B-17's cockpit. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The waist gunner section of the B-17 bomber. (Boris Minkevich)
The waist gunner section of Sentimental Journey. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The top gunner turret section of Sentimental Journey. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Bomb bays on a B-17 could hold up to 8000 pounds. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The tail gunner dummy is seen from the inside of the plane. (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Impressive from near and far, the sound of the B-17 bomber's four Wright Cyclone radial engines was distinctive as it approached. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
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. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
This B-17, dubbed Sentimental Journey, was used in Pacific campaigns during the Second World War. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
An Air Canada Jazz flight sits in the foreground as Sentimental Journey approaches the runway. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
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. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Sentimental Journey's nose art features the likeness of World War II-era pinup Betty Grable. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Restoration included details inside and out of every section of the plane, including the nose, where the bombardier and navigator would sit. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Free Press photojournalist Boris Minkevich used a fisheye lens to capture the nose of the B-17 bomber in this photo. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The bottom gunner portion of the plane. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A dummy sits in the tail gunner position. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Hundreds of people flocked to the Western Canada Aviation Museum to watch Sentimental Journey land, and to get a tour of the old warbird. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Visitors line up to take a tour inside the B-17 bomber. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
An interior shot of the nose of the plane. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A table with documents in the nose of the B-17 bomber. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A view of the B-17's cockpit. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The waist gunner section of the B-17 bomber. - (Boris Minkevich)
The waist gunner section of Sentimental Journey. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The top gunner turret section of Sentimental Journey. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Bomb bays on a B-17 could hold up to 8000 pounds. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The tail gunner dummy is seen from the inside of the plane. - (BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

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