Posted 5 years ago
This a B-17G from the Palm Springs Air Museum named Miss Angela. It is maintained in flying condition although I don't know if they fly it. The engines on this have names, Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy and Sneezy. I have a feeling the names are descriptive.
These photos are from inside the plane.
Starting off is the copilot's position featuring the nifty Flying Fortress steering wheel. Boeing knew it was all that.
Photo 2 is from the navigator's position in the nose and shows one of the two machine guns the navigator would use. The other is a bit more forward and on the left. The bombardier's chair can be seen. He had the best view. If you ever take a ride on one of these this is the seat to take.
Photo 3 is the waist gunners' position. You can see the top of the ball turret. Contrary to popular belief the ball turret was no more dangerous than any other position in the plane. Also the ball turret gunner could get into and out of the turret from the plane. Radio operator's position is through that doorway.
Photo 4 shows the rear. Sadly the tail gunners position can not be seen probably due to the flash glare. But it does show the secret of the B-17's strength. It wasn't armor it was the structural strength of the frame. The circular design made it hold together when halfway shot apart.
I think I should go back and take more photos.