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Posted: 8/23/2006 3:13:13 PM EDT
More pics to follow:

Note the chin turret remote controlled twin .50 caliber machine guns.






The cockpit while on the ground:  


Out the bombardier's station while on the ground:  


The bombardier's station starboard .50 while on the ground:


The bombardier's station port .50 while on the ground:


The radio operator's station while on the ground:


The radio equipment:


The waist gunner's station starboard .50 while on the ground:


The waist gunner's station port .50 while on the ground:


The ball turret while on the ground:  


The B-17G on the taxiway:  


The port side engines:  


The starboard side engines:  


Out the bombardier's station:  


Out the bombardier's station:  


Out the bombardier's station:  


Ball turret:  


Sticking my head out the open top hatch into the airstream at 160 knots.

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:14:10 PM EDT
[#1]
WOW
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:15:51 PM EDT
[#2]
Nice
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:20:50 PM EDT
[#3]
SWEEEEEEEEEEET!
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:21:06 PM EDT
[#4]
I'll bet you forget about the whole experience inside of a week.  

You are one lucky dude!!  Congrats.

vmax84
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:30:22 PM EDT
[#5]
I have a radio from one of those beauties on the shelf behind me. And she still works.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:34:50 PM EDT
[#6]
WOW, just incredible, you sir, are a lucky man,,,
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:38:23 PM EDT
[#7]
I sincerely envy you!
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:39:05 PM EDT
[#8]


were those machineguns fully operational?

I would have loved to fly in the ball turret at least for a while on that trip. (Not so in a warzone me thinks though.)
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:41:01 PM EDT
[#9]
Cool.
So how did you manage to get on that flight?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:46:19 PM EDT
[#10]
IIRC, that was one of 2 old  heavies that appeared in Van Nuys a few years ago.

The B-17 was accompanied by a B-24 Liberator that had also been fully restored.

I for one am GLAD AS HELL that these old beauties are still flying.

IIRC it cost over $400 for a half-hour ride in them. **sigh**

I could ride for 1/2 hour... or I could pay for rent...[/thinking]  **sigh**
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:47:40 PM EDT
[#11]

Absolutely gorgeous!


Link Posted: 8/23/2006 3:55:26 PM EDT
[#12]
My uncle bombed Berlin on his 3rd and 5th B17 missions.  He flew Prowling Tom, Bombs Boogie, and Silver Slipper.  

He was shot down over Tours france.  His was the only plane shot down on that mission.  They were bombing a V1 site, I think.  The French Underground took him in.  He was pretty impressed with them, the leader had a good looking daughter, but he said that none of the Americans looked at her, they were afraid of the guy.  The UG leader had a Hitler moustache.  Hmmm.

They also bombed Brux Czechlosvokia, Most Cz today, Regensburg and were sent to bomb Brussels but weather prevented dropping.  He flew on D-day and was impressed with how it went.  They flew out of East Anglica and went to London for partying and tail.

My uncle thought the B-17 was a good flying plane, with four of the most reliable engines ever put on planes.  After the war he flew DC-3's for Robinson and Mohawk.  These DC-3's had the 1820 engines like a B-17, not the more common 1830's like the B24.  After that he flew Convair 240's, 440's and Martin 404's.  When they got jets he flew BAC 111's and later DC-9 dash 30's and dash 50's.  After retirement he flew a Cessna Citation for an evangelist.  The evangelist was a natural-pilot my uncle said but got scared when something happened and hired a professional pilot, my uncle.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:13:43 PM EDT
[#13]

Quoted:
Cool.
So how did you manage to get on that flight?


WWII 2006 WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR: Fly on a B-17, B-24 or B-25
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:18:58 PM EDT
[#14]

Quoted:
IIRC, that was one of 2 old  heavies that appeared in Van Nuys a few years ago.

The B-17 was accompanied by a B-24 Liberator that had also been fully restored.

I for one am GLAD AS HELL that these old beauties are still flying.

IIRC it cost over $400 for a half-hour ride in them. **sigh**

I could ride for 1/2 hour... or I could pay for rent...[/thinking]  **sigh**


Here is the B-24 Liberator on the taxiway.

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:24:20 PM EDT
[#15]
My beautiful CPFL (Chicky Poo for Life) bought me a ride in Aluminum Overcast for a birthday present a couiple of years ago. Tis was two stops befor this aircraft had a dual main landing gear failure upon landing in California.

One of the best experiences of my life and I remember it as if it were yesterday...and I think it was three years ago?

Congrats to you...we have joined the lucky few to have recently ridden in a B-17 G!
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:24:26 PM EDT
[#16]
Put me anywhere but the tail or the ball turrent. I have read somewhere that if you were much over 5'4 you wouldn't fit in the ball. You had to take your chute off to get to the tail gun then had to sit on it for a cushion in the early models.

Our Fathers and Grandfathers had huge brass ones to fly off to war in those machines.

God bless them!
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:24:55 PM EDT
[#17]
My Dad was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 .  I've crawled through a few of them but haven't had the honor of flying in one . You have done something special my friend .
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:32:11 PM EDT
[#18]

Quoted:


were those machineguns fully operational?

I would have loved to fly in the ball turret at least for a while on that trip. (Not so in a warzone me thinks though.)


The machine guns didn't become operational until we flew into the free state of CT.

The tail gunner's station and the ball turret were the only areas of the aircraft that were closed off.  

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:43:11 PM EDT
[#19]
Years ago, during my skydiving days, the Confederate Air Force wanted some people to do a simulated bail out from their B-17 at an airshow. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance...no pun intended.

Five of my fellow jumpers climbed aboard, took off, then flew around a bit. Near the field, we were "attacked" by an ME-109. As we passed over the field and the crowd, we exited the airplane via the bomb bays.

I will never forget how cool it was. It would have been even better had we used military canopies...instead of our multi-colored sport chutes
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 6:27:52 AM EDT
[#20]
Pics added 08-24
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 6:36:11 AM EDT
[#21]
Wow.   Seriously, just WOW.

Link Posted: 8/24/2006 7:37:13 AM EDT
[#22]
Awesome!

Link Posted: 8/24/2006 7:38:50 AM EDT
[#23]


* spurt *
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:13:22 AM EDT
[#24]
A tidbit of history

thanks for sharing you pictures.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:17:43 AM EDT
[#25]
Too cool...Thanks for sharing
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:23:49 AM EDT
[#26]
Fun
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:25:34 AM EDT
[#27]
I would love to take that ride myself someday.  Thanks for the pictures!
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 8:55:43 AM EDT
[#28]
Great photos, Thanks.  

IMHO, The B17 is the most beautiful aircraft ever built.  

My father was a radio man on a B17 during WWII.  He met my mom in England.  My mom was driving an ambulance for Civil Defence.  

Link Posted: 8/24/2006 9:08:10 AM EDT
[#29]

Quoted:
IMHO, The B17 is the most beautiful aircraft ever built.


You took the words right out of my mouth. I've been of that opinion for decades.

Man, I am insanely jealous. I'd kill for a ride in a B-17.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 9:23:18 AM EDT
[#30]
Awesome pics. What a great thrill that must have been.

Link Posted: 8/24/2006 10:44:04 AM EDT
[#31]
Thanks for posting, that was awesome!

Flyer
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 10:50:56 AM EDT
[#32]
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 1:53:18 PM EDT
[#33]
Thanks for sharing the pics.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 2:18:22 PM EDT
[#34]
Cool, thanks for sharing.  She looks better restored than the "Fuddy Duddy" that I flew on.

My pics are in the archive but if anyone wants to compare, here is the link.
archive.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=343904
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 3:34:37 PM EDT
[#35]
Thanks for the pics, I climbed into a silver B-17 named "Chuky". Tight place to be moving around. Two blocks away from "Chucky", they were assembling Me-262s
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