Robert Seale and the Doolittle Raiders

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Our old friend Robert Seale is still creating great photography, but this time he has fused his art and trade with his passion for military aircraft and history.

Seale recently posted about his assignment for Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine. Back on April 18, 1942, history was made when the United States made the first formidable action against the Japanese mainland after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Eighty volunteers took off in sixteen B-25 bombers and headed for the heart of the enemy. Although the Doolittle Raid resulted in negligible damage to the Japanese war machine, the resulting morale boost in the United States was almost incalculable.

Today, five of those eighty airmen are still alive. Seale had the pleasure of photographing three of the survivors, including flying with one of them. Among the gear he used were Profoto Pro-7b units and Profoto AcuteB 600R battery-powered strobes. This was done because many of the portraits were done “out on the taxiway, far from any sources of AC power.”

Be sure to see Seale’s blog post for more photos and the entire story. Here’s hoping we see more of these distinguished veterans captured so beautifully before it’s too late. Beautiful work, Robert!

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