What a ride, went up in a B-17 today.

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    What a ride, went up in a B-17 today.

    Went out and flew a local today. Once in a lifetime opportunity, caught a ride on the Liberty Bell, a restored B-17. The crews of those planes must have been something else to fly at 25,000 feet with the wind blasting in on them for 10 to 12 hours at a time. The experience was worth every penny for the ticket. Oh and keeping it gun related, both waist gunner positions had de-milled Ma Deuces installed.

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    That is awesome! I'm jealous!

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    Yep, went on that ride a couple of years ago. Quite the memorable ride indeed. It was awesome crawling around in there while under way. The plane is much smaller than it looks on TV historical footage. Plus there is basically no armor, and zero creature comforts either. Kudos to all those brave baztards that flew missions in those planes!



    EDIT: Here's a couple more pics, to add to 'msgt's'

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    The bomb sight - awesome view from this position!!!

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    This is a view looking out from the top turret gun position. Imagine looking out there and seeing a ME-109 on your tail!

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    This is looking through bomb bay and you can see a guy standing in the top turret gun position. Behind him you can see pilot and co-pilot.


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    I'm extremely envious!

    I would love to take a ride in any military aircraft.

    Congratulations on your adventure, msgt/ret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sontag View Post
    I'm extremely envious!

    I would love to take a ride in any military aircraft.

    Congratulations on your adventure, msgt/ret.

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    I am officially 100% jealous.....
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    HI Sarge, congrats, noisy aren't they?. The last time that I flew in one of them, was during the Guadalcanal campaign 1943. I was a 'naval' master hrizontal bombardier, but along for the ride.

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    Sweet! Very very cool! Hope to get an opportunity like that someday.
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    Nice.

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    I've not been on Liberty Belle but I have been fortunate enough to fly on Sentimental Journey and Aluminum Overcast. One of those trips was with my dad, a B-17 pilot during WW II at the controls. It was a very special day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tayopo View Post
    HI Sarge, congrats, noisy aren't they?. The last time that I flew in one of them, was during the Guadalcanal campaign 1943. I was a 'naval' master hrizontal bombardier, but along for the ride.

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    Noisy but a sweet noise nothing else like a big radial and prop. There were a few older gentlemen there and one was a former waist gunner. Met some very nice people and many were former and children and grandchildren of WW-II Vets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
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    Very cool...I'd do that in a heartbeat!
    Nice pics, too!
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    I'm always amazed at how small they are inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I'm always amazed at how small they are inside.
    Going from the waist gunner’s position to the cockpit I did have a bit of a problem of squeezing my fat little butt across the catwalk in the bomb bay. Should have taken a picture aimed slightly higher but there is a V shaped support just behind the cockpit on the catwalk. Just noticed in the pic, the support is center frame.

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