Roger Hadfield, father of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, waves from the bombardier’s seat after “Sentimental Journey”, a second World War B-17 Flying Fortress, lands at Gatineau Executive Airport in Gatineau, Que. on Monday, July 7, 2014. The Royal Canadian Air Force flew the B-17 out of RCAF Station Rockcliffe in Ottawa, delivering mail to Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas. Hadfield flew the B-17 in the 1960s to conduct aerial mapping. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
There are times when you really remember how special a job being a news photographer is. This assignment was one of these times. I was sent to shoot stills and video of a B-17 Flying Fortress that was arriving at Gatineau Airport, with special guest Roger Hadfield, astronaut Chris Hadfield’s father.
I wasn’t a plane enthusiast, but the B-17 was a plane I knew about as a kid. 8-year-old me never would have thought that I’d ever get to see one of these planes, let alone explore the inside of one of them, in my life.
It was special for Roger as well, who had flown on the plane as a younger man. He was extremely gracious with the few media folk who were clamouring for his attention and to try and make a nice picture with him and the plane he once flew.