Monday, April 09, 2007

Considerably More Than Eight Miles High

This Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew over my neighborhood yesterday. It was in town as part of a historic aircraft tour sponsored by the Collings Foundation.

I know my photo isn't great, but I don't have a telephoto lens and those old World War II planes fly higher than you might think. The Statesman reports that a B-24 from the very same tour was "soaring 2,000 miles above Central Texas." I honestly didn't know they could go that high.

No wonder we kicked Japan's ass.

UPDATE (4/10): Mere hours after this post went up, the Statesman changed the online version of its story to read, "2,000 feet above Central Texas." The original "2,000 miles" version can be found in last Saturday's print edition.

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