SNAKE HIPS <B17 Vid>

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  1. nitesit(+ an e)

    nitesit(+ an e) Farmer, House Sitter and Cook

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    Those guys had nads of steel. I had a flight in "Aluminum Overcast" years ago and couldn't get over the fact that there was no practical way to bail out of one when the SHTF. Waist gunners, maybe...everyone else? Yikes! HH
     
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    Great video. Thanks for posting. I guess the slipstream got under the wing's skin and peeled it off. Amazing they had enough lift to stay in the air.
     
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    Yeah, I was really surprised at how small they are inside. I think most of the crew was expected to go out the bomb bay, but that's easier said than done.
     
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    First time I went inside a B17 was a few years ago when a few Collins Foundation planes landed at an airport nearby. B17, B24, and a Mustang. I was greatly surprised at how "small" the B17 actually is! On the inside, at least. The B24 was substantially larger, with MUCH more room inside. The B24 is mostly "fatter", which makes a big difference with room and comfort inside.

    There is a cost for that beautiful, sleek shape of the B17.
     
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    That had to have been post-bombing damage since the big hole is just in front of the radio operator and in the bomb bay. The damage some of those Fortresses took was brutal, yet many of them managed to limp home with their crews. One of my favorite books when I was a kid was "Flying Fortress" by Edward Jablonski - the book detailed the development of the Fort, and covered the 8th Air Force role in daylight bombing over Europe. I highly recommend it for fans of the plane.

    I had the privilege of flying in "Nine-O-Nine" a few weeks ago, and while I've been inside other B17s like "Aluminum Overcast" this was my first time up in the air in one, and it was amazing. The Pratt+Whitneys are of course just magical to listen to when they fire up, but being able to stick my head out the upper hatch in the radio room is an amazing feeling...would highly recommend.
     
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    Wright Cyclones.
     
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    Tomcat1977 "Cynical Little me"

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    Went to Dayton this summer for the museum. Saw the Memphis Bell, Bocks car, all the WW2 planes as well as the war planes of my youth in USAF. It was humbling. Definitely a trip every American should make, and its free.

    A nice area Dayton. If your a Vet the Marriott gives you 1/3 off.
     
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    Crappit. You are absolutely correct - not sure where I got the P+W.
     
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    B-24s. You were multi-tasking. :supergrin:
     
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    The Jablonski book was my first B-17 book as a kid. Since my Dad flew them I had to have it, but it cost 10 bucks and it took me weeks to save it up. The department store only had one copy and every time my Mom took me there I would hide it behind other books to keep someone else from buying it. It’s still my favorite.
     
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    A lot of missions. I wonder what airplane had the most?
     
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    I had his book "Air War" at one time. Very good. I still have Caidin's "Flying Forts", somewhere too.
     
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    I have that book also. I have not read it in years, as I recall it has a reproduction of the preflight and landing manual in the back of the book.
     
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    It does. I have my Dad’s original manuals also.
     
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