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Old Apr 16, 2005, 7:28 PM   #1
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For those interested in WWII airpower I have just published 42 pictures of a B-17 Flying Fortress. The direct link is http://www.birkbinnard.com/photography/B17/.

As usual all commens welcome. I hope you enjoy seeing this amazing piece of history.

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Old Apr 19, 2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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The photo of the entire aircraft tells a story...especially with massive propeller blades that dwarf the human subjects.

The bombbay photo with the catwork is quite sobering. The aft gunner would need to traverse this catwalk to reach his post.
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very interesting photos. i at one time had some similar shots - though not of interior linkages and such - of the B-17G "Sentimental Journey", operated by the Confederate Air Force. it flew around the country making appearances at airshows and taking people for rides. in its day, the B-17 was quite a workhorse. not quite the capacity of the B-24, but it was built in much larger numbers, and was a very rugged airplane. with a max payload of 6,000 pounds, it was considered quite a heavy hitter in its day... and to think a single A-6 Intruder could carry a payload equivalent to three of the Flying Forts, on an airframe less than half the B-17'ssize!
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Old Apr 20, 2005, 12:14 AM   #4
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The bombbay photo with the catwork is quite sobering. The aft gunner would need to traverse this catwalk to reach his post.
if you want a sobering conversation, talk to one of the men who manned the ventralball turret - if you can still find one! imagine spending hours on end in a plexiglass ball, in fetal position with your knees drawn up almost to your chin anda .50-cal machine gun on either side of you... isolated from the rest of the crew, unable to get out of the turret without help, unless you rode the ball in on landing - which took a very brave soul, since the ball was only a foot and a half off the ground! frankly, i wouldn't want to be ANY of the gunners on that plane... the German pilots quickly learned which ones to worry about most, and those were the first targets.
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Old May 29, 2005, 10:03 AM   #5
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very nice pics... funny to notice that there's a GPS on the pilot's panel
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