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  • Flying the fortress!

    This past Thursday yours truly took a once in a lifetime ride in one of the most iconic war machines of World War 2, the B17 bomber.

    Within the next few days I will have a full report about this awe inspiring trip that took me back to the 1940's.

    This weekend "Aluminum Overcast" will be on display as well as taking folks into the air at Wings over Waukesha in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

    This is just one of many stops that this magnificent airplane will be making this year. If you live in the area I highly recomend taking a trip to the event and taking a walk through, make a donation to help keep her flying or even stop and say hello to the fine people who take care of all the airplanes needs. Plus, chances are you will be able to say hello to some true heroes at this event as there will be former pilots of the B17 who flew combat missions on hand.

    http://www.wingsoverwaukesha.com/iht...nframe.2.ihtml
    www.b17.org

    Look for a full report soon.

    Chad
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    "History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • #2
    I'm so envious! Looking forward to the report. Were you able to take video footage?

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    • #3
      Some my pictures of B17 from NY airshow
      Click on image to enlarge.























      Last edited by RS116; 02 Jul 10, 12:44.
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        • #6
          Thanks for these, really great to see one in the ether "flesh", so to speak. All of my pics are grainy old B&W and ones from the Memphis Belle.

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            MOST OF THE PICTURES BELOW ARE SNAPSHOTS
            FROM THE MOVIE "THE WAR LOVER".

            They shot it in 1962 on the real B17 and the work of the crew
            members had shown very accurately.









            B-17 UPPER MACHINE GUN TURRET TYPE A-1A
            This turret was one of the first fully powered machine gun turret
            designs used to equip American aircraft and was used initially on
            the B-17E "Flying Fortress." It is operated by an electro-hydraulic
            system which powers both elevation and traverse of the turrets'
            two .50 caliber M-2 Browning machine guns, and has a rate of
            fire of 1,400-1,600 rounds per minute. Turrets of this and later
            types gradually replaced manually operated machine guns introduced
            for bomber defense during the first world war, and so made the
            bomber a more formidable opponent to attacking fighters. This
            turret was manufactured by the Emerson Electric manufacturing
            Company to a Sperry Gyroscope company design.






            Dixi.

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              Bubble Turret






















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                • #10
                  Yankee Lady is based in Yipsilanti Michigan at Willow Run airport and they do offer rides in her - last time I checked it was $400.

                  Willow Run has a GM transmission plant at the end of the runway, but once upon a time it was a Ford plant, and they made B-24's there - over 6,000 by the end of the war.

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