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These engines power a restored U.S. Air Force EC-121 electronic surveillance aircraft dating back to the 1950s. It is based on the Lockheed Constellation airliner, an airplane distinguished by its airfoil shaped fuselage and triple tail. I made this photo at the California International Airshow in 1995. It can be difficult to photograph aircraft on public display because there are too many distracting elements. In this case, a lot of airshow attendees were using this plane for shade from the hot sun. In cases like this I tend to focus on details.
Although this aircraft was from the post-WWII era, I think the shapes and lines of this image are more reminiscent of the art deco patterns of the 1930s.
Photo Copyright James B. Toy.
May 7th, 2014
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