Fargo, North Dakota.
Other than the blue sky, I could almost have left this image in color, and it would still have almost qualified as a “Monochrome Monday” photograph. The image above was captured at the Fargo Air Sho in 2015 where Miss Mitchell was a featured performer.
Miss Mitchell still flies and has an illustrious history serving in Italy and North Africa in World War II. This post is the confluence of three themes. One of the photo challenges I participate in on Facebook this week is #historic. Obviously, Miss Mitchell meets that criteria. It’s obviously Monday, so Monochrome Monday applies as I converted this image many months ago to monochrome via Lightroom. Finally, Ben Huberman’s Daily Post feature is “Shine“. The reflections on the nose of Miss Mitchell clearly demonstrate the shiny, highly reflective aluminum finish.
Some historical facts about Miss Mitchell include an unblemished wartime career with no fatalities in over 130 missions, an uncommon record. Built by North American Aviation, about 9,000 aircraft were built. Today, only about 30 survive, unlike Miss Mitchell, many no longer fly and live in museums around the country.
Powered by two 1,700 horsepower Wright R-2600 engines, the aircraft can climb to its service ceiling of 24,000 ft. (7315 m). A full load of fuel can carry Miss Mitchell 1,350 miles (2172 km) at a cruise speed of 230 mph (370 kph). Most of these facts were gleaned from the website maxair2air.com (more photos and details about Miss Mitchell can be found here.)