The pictures in this link IMO are some of the best photographs of B17ís I have seen, particularly the interior. I think you War Bird guys will enjoy
Great shots Jerry Thanks. I flew in and worked on B-29's from England to Japan ( Korea )But that was 56 years ago, How times flyes when your younger.
All the different "nose art" is a study unto itself! Thanks for the pics and link!
That is only 3 of the 24 that I have, taken the end of the Koren CONFLICT. They were removed by order of Mrs Ike, she didn't like them.
Jerry, thank you very much for posting those great pics. Really nice.
Bob, I enjoyed seeing the pic of the nose art of B-29, "Lady Be Good". The original LBG was a B-24D which failed to return from her first mission in April, l943. After her wreckage was discovered in the Libyan desert in 1959 the fate of her crew was gradually uncovered during the following months. Fascinating story. I've made a study of it for many years.
Thanks again, guys. Bob
Either there were two Lady Be Goods or that is a B-24. I suspect there were more than two aircraft bearing the name. But the more well known was a 24 that overran her ADF signal with a tail wind and was lost in the Sahara. I once saw one of the 50 cals recovered from her. A guy in Nashville had it. He said it functioned perfectly when they found it...I think in the 70s. I remember first hearing the story when taking "Theory of Instrument Flight" in college. The instructor used it to illustrate the maxim "always trust your instruments." Then while in ROTC we visited a small shop that was making M2 Brownings and the owner had one of her guns. Was sobering to hold it and reliaze what happened to its operator.
Nope, that looks to be a 29 to me.
I had the pleasure of shading myself under the starboard wing of Aluminum Overcast a few years ago while watching the air show during Sun-n-Fun in Lakeland, FL. When it was her turn to taxi out, the co-pilot warned us that they were about to start her up. Everyone cleared the props, but didn't wander too far off. I was still under the wing when she fired up. The sights, sounds and smells......unforgetable. So was the resulting sunburn from losing our shade.
you are right. look at the nose gear.
wonder how many Lady Be Goods there were.
My cousin Mary's late husband, Paul Satterlee, worked in a photo lab in the south Pacific during the war. Here are three pictures from his collection.
Here's another bomber. This is a B-25 on the ground in Kansas City, 1942.
We used to have a factory in England. The chief engineer told me that when he was a small boy, there was a junk yard nearby that had lots of US bombers in it. The boys would sneak in thru a hole in the fence & play "army" in those planes. He said many of the planes had artwork on the inside of the hulls as well as on the nose. He wished he had been old enough to take pictures of them. One day they got the bright idea of sneaking home a 50 cal machine gun out of one of them & the parents had a fit & turned them in. That was the end of their great playground.
My late mother was a Capt. in the Civil Air Patrol in the early 50's. She's the one in the dark flight suit.
She was very fond of B-17's till the day she died.
The B-17 has always been amazing to me. I always marvel at the size of that tail.
Here is a local B-17 and this is the only time you will see one in the same room with a plane that makes it look small.
At first I thought it was a "Peacemaker" but the tail didn't look right. Had to google the museum to find out it was "The Goose". Back in the stone age, by dad's cabin cruiser was moored down by the Summa hanger. I remember when they rolled it out for the first time back in about 1980, I think.