Thursday, August 4, 2011

WW2 War Planes - B-17, B-25, P-51

Ed and Nancy were staying with us for a couple of days on their way home from Michigan.

I took a vacation day and we went to see the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom display.

A B17, B-24 and P-51 were on display.

This shot is looking into the nose of the B-17. This is where the bombsight is located along with some machine guns.

This is the cockpit.

The bomb bay held fewer bombs than I expected.

This is the belly gun. An airman would climb into the ball and sort of hang below the plane.

Here is a waist gun.

No insulation. Must have been very noisy and cold when flying at altitude.

Looking toward the back of the plane. Notice the cables along the ceiling. These are the flight controls. No fly by wire or hydraulic systems.

Here is Ed in front of the B-24.

Tail guns on the B-24

Margot is manning one of the waist guns.

This shot is looking toward the cockpit. I think these are the radio man and navigator stations in the foreground.

Wheel and wheelwell. That is a turbocharger on the engine at the top of the picture.


Nancy and Margot. The shade under the wing was a popular location.

Note the windshield wiper on the bombardier's window.

The B-24.


Here is some info on the Collings Foundation.

P-51 again. They had this one roped off. You couldn't get very close. For $2200 you can take a 1/2 hour flight.

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