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Band of Brothers by George Cousins

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Taking nothing away from the movie, this was our own band of brothers, and our trusty steed, a Canso amphibian aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force, in which we criss-crossed the Canadian Arctic wilderness in the summer of 1955. This photo was taken by a person that I can’t remember, using my camera, on the dirt runway at Norman Wells, in the North-West Territories. I’m the second from the right, with the best looking beard :)
The camera was an Exakta Varex 35mm.SLR and probably using Ektachrome film at the time. Taken in 1955, scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000dpi scanner.
Not expecting anyone would want to buy a copy, but here it is anyway. Nostalgia, if nothing else!

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canada, runway, plane, air, aircraft, west, north, wilderness, george, amphibian, norman, force, cousins, wells, 1955, territories, canso

Comments

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    Bet this brings back memories.
    Just think, George. You’re a pioneer !!

  • Tons of memories,Stan! Wish I could do it all over again..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous keepsake George . It is lovely to have old pictures to look back on . x

  • Thanks Irene, I’ve always felt so lucky to have been able to see that wilderness country when it still was virtually untouched.

    – George Cousins

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 5 years ago

    Very cool George…What is the bubble on the nose of the plane or is that something else I am seeing?

  • Hi Della, that is a perspex observation bubble. Usually the navigator sat in the nose and his head was up in the bubble to look around. I sometimes did the same, but I preferred the huge bubbles that were on the sides,back of the wing. You could sit in them and take pictures, though they were not very clear and had a lot of reflections. But better than nothing..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 5 years ago

    That must have made for some amazing views! Is this similar to the B52 bomber gunner’s bubble? Thanks again for answering my pesky questions…lol

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 5 years ago

    Yes, pretty much the same thing. I didn’t much like using it because I found way too much sun glare. With the side bubbles you could move from the sunny side to the shady one..LOL!

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

  • LOL!!! I LOVE the “thumbs up”! What a great icon! And thanks very much indeed for the Feature, which is truly appreciated.

    – George Cousins

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 5 years ago

    Excellent shot George, a real treasure I think! :D

  • Many thanks Kathie, they say old memories never die..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Lisa Defazio
    Lisa Defazioabout 5 years ago

    This is incredible – sell the movie rights now!

  • Thanks so much for your kind comments! Wish I could sell something, it would be a nice change..LOL!!! But making new friends on RB makes it very much worthwhile.

    – George Cousins

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 5 years ago

    Nice historical story and capture George.
    I was 1 year old when this was taken.

  • Thanks Richard, if one could have imagined such things as scanners,computers and all that back in 1955..!!

    – George Cousins

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 5 years ago

    In 55 my dad was teaching Ground School for new pilots that were mostly going for the Korean War. 55 Also brought me nemesis- a baby brother who tipped me off of the throne!
    What a pain he was! Now we’re close, though. I started 1st grade in 55, at the time, Oregon didn’t “believe” in Kindergarten. I wrote my first book then, too— but I had to use some symbols because I didn’t know how to write some words. A box stood for “day”. I was 5, I think a 3-page novel wasn’t bad for my age! LoL, those were pretty good days to look back on, weren’t they? You were a young man and bullet proof, and I was a little kid, so excited to be in school, finally!

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