Wednesday, February 7, 2018

B-17 Flying Fortress Rumbling Over the House

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One afternoon there was a low rumbling in the sky...

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Amazing! B-17 Flying Fortress overhead...

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 During WWII, B-17's were considered cutting edge technology.


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Primarily flown in Europe, the WWII bomber was renown for flying 8+ hour missions from England into the heart of enemy territory.


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Since flight escorts were not outfitted to endure such long range missions, B-17s had their own defense mechanisms.

Learn more about the experience of the B-17 Flying Fortress' pilot, bombadier, waist gunner, and tail gunner through photographs and videos.

Resources:
https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences/aluminum-overcast-eaa-b-17-bomber-tour

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Experiencing Christmas at the White House

We got to tour the East Wing of the White House for Christmas! Everything was stunningly beautiful.

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Front and center for the troops...

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The Vermeil Room...

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The Library...

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The China Room...

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The East Room...

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The nativity was huge. (I wish my photos of the portraits of the Washingtons came out better.)

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The Green Room...

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(...aka the silhouette room)

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The Blue Room...

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The Red Room...

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The State Dining Room...

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The plaster work throughout the White House is amazing, but in the State Dining Room it is especially amazing...

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The snowy confection gingerbread house of the White House played off the plaster work.

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A Winter Wonderland...

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Lafayette looking into the State Dining Room...

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Lafayette...

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My son taking a picture of Lafayette...

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Lafayette...

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(sigh) That was the most wonderful Christmas tour I had ever taken.

National Christmas Tree and Christmasy Washington DC at Night

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This was the most beautiful National Tree I had ever seen. Excitement filled the air from the clickety-clack of the model trains on the tracks.

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The Virginia Tree...

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The Texas Tree...

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We were surrounded by trees, representing each state and each territory...

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Department of the Treasury...

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Department of the Treasury...

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Veterans Affairs Building...

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