As a landscape photographer, I never thought I would find myself photographing aviation. That all changed when I stumbled upon the most beautiful DC-3 I had ever seen.
While driving across Kansas to get to one of our annual art festivals in Kansas City, we decided to take the backroads. We had time to kill, so we moseyed our way through small country towns looking for anything interesting. We ended up stumbling upon a World War 2, DC-3 aircraft that was seemingly abandoned out in a field. When I first saw it, my jaw hit the floor. The raw aluminum panels, laced with old rivets gave the plane a glorious antique patina. I walked around the plane for several hours simply fascinated by the tales that this plane could tell. My wife and I, ended up spending the next week photographing it from every angle we could think of. I wanted to capture the history and the architectural beauty of this vintage aircraft.
The DC-3 is one of the most influential planes in aviation history. It was one of the very first aircrafts that could be feasibly used for commercial transportation. Later on, the military C-47 version was used in great numbers in WWII, especially on D-Day to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines.
It was an absolute pleasure to be able to photograph such an incredible piece of history, I hope to return to this wonderful plane soon.
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