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Picture of the Grumman TS-2A(FF) Tracker (G-89) aircraft

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More: USA - Pennsylvania, October 31, 2011
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N436DF / 100 (cn 445) Located close to the Pennsylvania Academia of the Fine Arts (in the corner of Cherry St and Carlisle St), in the center of Philadelphia [EOS 7D + 24-105mm f/4]
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A visitor from - posted Sun July 28, 2013:
Well, I live in the North of Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from my home in a large stretch of farmland is a memorial for a crashed RAF Vickers Wellington bomber that went down in I believe 1942 after a raid aimed at Tarente(spelling?)in Italy. All aboard perished after they ran out of fuel and were attacked by flak over Holland. The memorial is a three blade prop made with original parts from the wreckage, all bent and scratched. Not quite as confronting as this artwork/memorial/tribute perhaps, but the same message to a high extent. And it would not be too fitting either to display a working prop/Tracker either, when bringing out this message, I think.

A visitor from - posted Mon November 19, 2012:
No, as a cal fire employee I find it very disturbing. If I could rate it lower I would

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 19, 2012:
The firefighters in the air provide valuable assistance to those on the ground, and bad things happen to them way to often. the sculpture is both a fine piece of art and a sad reminder of the cost of protecting america's wild lands and the people, i.e. structures, that now occupy them. whether you like it or disagree with the presentation, it will keep your mind and thoughts on those that serve the public.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu August 23, 2012:
I like it a lot, actually. The frame probably wouldn't have been preserved anyway, so no real loss there, no?
I do feel for people who have lost friends/family in airplane crashes though, but I honestly believe it wasn't intended as being so provoking.
Anyway, cool shot of a very cool sculpture!

A visitor from - posted Mon January 9, 2012:
The colours and image quality are great... But I'm glad to see I am not alone in feeling upset to see this beautiful beast torn up in the name of Arts and Culture.

A visitor from - posted Mon November 28, 2011:
This is offensive. I personally know (or knew) air tanker pilots who died in the line of duty. They died protecting people's homes and our natural resources. To depict their sacrifice in this manner is disgusting

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon November 14, 2011:
Great picture and very unusual scene. It must be a very recent addition to the street. It is however sad use of an historic aircraft. I expect when they get bored with it it will end up being scrapped when it could have been restored in a museum.

A visitor from United States posted Fri November 11, 2011:
Intentional or not, reconsider your color scheme at the very least. This is almost identical to the color scheme used in wildland firefighting, and this model aircraft is used for that application. For many in the wildland fire service, this brings back memories of airtanker crashes and lost comrades and friends; for them, this has the same effect as a sculpture of a space shuttle crashing would have for NASA. Thanks.

A visitor from - posted Thu November 10, 2011:
The picture is great, but the subject is not. People are killed in plane crashes - I hardly call it art. Distasteful.

A visitor from United States posted Thu November 10, 2011:
It appears that CALFIRE airtanker has crashed. This not "art" to us alumni of CALFIRE or other wildland firefighters.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed November 9, 2011:
Nowadays even crashing is a fine art!

A visitor from - posted Wed November 9, 2011:
Very unique, well done! -Ron

A visitor from - posted Wed November 9, 2011:
Thought provoking, yet somehow it seems wrong to me....

A visitor from Israel posted Wed November 9, 2011:
Really? is that what they call art nowadays? disgusting how a broken and crashed airplane can be showcased in a place like that.

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2011:
The photo is good; Thank You Hadrien. The "artist" on the other hand should be flogged for what has been done to this cool old airframe. The finest art that involves an airframe is having it in the air! RIP you faithful old Tracker! DtD

A visitor from - posted Wed November 9, 2011:
"Art". Uh huh. What a waste. -rsa, 2011-11-09

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2011:
The picture is ok, even light and you can see details, but I confess I don't like the subject at all. It looks like a crash that has stop motion, and so I don't like it.

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2011:
It's frightening what passes for art these days.

A visitor from Switzerland posted Wed November 9, 2011:
Not only a plane picture, photographed art. Such things give me pleasure...
Greetings from Xenia, Norway

A visitor from - posted Wed November 9, 2011:
Very unique photo you have there Hadrien!!! It makes Philadelphia even more attractive to us spotters!!! Roger C.

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