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Old 11-29-2006, 11:03 PM
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Default saw the inside of a B-17...

stationary in a museum, alas.

at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR (which is the new home of the Spruce Goose), for an extra three bucks you can climb inside their B-17 -- and talk to a guy that was a Fortress pilot in WWII.

wow, it's a lot smaller on the inside than the outside. surprising that it carried a crew of nine.

never fails to give me goosebumps though.
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:22 PM
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We have one sitting right outside our hangar right now at KMQY. I havent asked the guys if I could have a look around yet... I might have to next time they are about.
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:01 AM
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snaked my way through one at oshkosh- skinny crew
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:47 AM
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stationary in a museum, alas.

at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR (which is the new home of the Spruce Goose), for an extra three bucks you can climb inside their B-17 -- and talk to a guy that was a Fortress pilot in WWII.

wow, it's a lot smaller on the inside than the outside. surprising that it carried a crew of nine.

never fails to give me goosebumps though.
Sorry to nit pick.. crew of 10 is what I've seen everytime I've read about the Fortress (particularly to plane/crew losses...)

From the back...
Tail gunner
Right waist gunner
Left waist gunner
Ball turret gunner
Radio Operator
Navigator (or maybe he's in the chin with the bombardier)
Engineer
Pilot
Copilot
Bombardier/chin turret
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Old 11-30-2006, 07:00 AM
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The few dollars that it cost at Oshkosh was the best money spent at the show. My wife even joyed it!


Yes, it sure does looks bigger in the Memphis Bell!
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:00 AM
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Default B-17 Crew weight

I had the oppurtunity to fly in Fuddy Duddy during a tour stop our EAA chapter hosted last summer. On its way out to the next tourstop we were able to fly with the crew from Kalamazoo, MI to Valaparsio, In., a 45 minute flight.

Another piece of B-17 info. The total crew (10) weight is 1200 lbs. max. I think you would find it hard to get 10 guys (maybe gals) that weigh 120 lbs. more or less today.
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wow ... a 120lb male ... hard to get
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my grampa was about 5'3, dad about 5'6, I'm 6'3", but also had great uncles 6'

prior generations grew em smaller overall, less protein in the diet
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