For many of us the window is the most important part of a plane (outside of the engines and wings). I asked myself the simple question, Why? It would appear to me that human nature is always on the "look-out". We have the need to see what's on the other side. Maybe it's the altitude as we look down or the closeness to clouds that spurs our desires.
For pilots (and indirectly the rest of us) windows are important. They are the eyes of the plane. They must be strong and withstand the elements, not to mention anything else humans may shoot at it.
Not to long ago these old military plane were permanently taken from the field in which they laid as unrecognized icons for the better part of my life. I was fortunate to capture a few images before their departing.
Sometimes I strive to create a window through my photography. In this particular case, a window into the past. "A look at what has been looked through before."
How does the old saying go? "If those windows could talk!"
I wish one of the pilots that flew one of these plans could see these photos. Reminded about old times and past recollections they might be inclined to share them with us. So, if you know somebody that knows somebody.......
Although these planes laid in deteriorating conditions I found the exposed inner workings fascinating. Such details as the number of window rivets illustrates the fortitude upon which these "look-outs" were constructed.
Another poignant aspect for several of these planes is that you can still see the remainder of some of their "Call Numbers". And as my good friend Kizzy pointed out "You can still read the ""Rescue"" decal". Is it a sign of the plane calling out. I guess we will never know.
(A special thanks to my friend Kizzy. She encouraged me to take these photos. And to her I am greatly appreciative.)
As with the camera lens, a window affords us the opportunity to see our world in a very different way. I hope you enjoy these photos of some forgotten relics. I would love to hear your thoughts and stories.
You can visit the "Aviation" gallery on my website to see more of these images. www.byroncapophotography.com