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Pasco, WA (Tri-Cities) WWII Aircraft

Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 08:30pm

Some World War II historians didn't know what they were getting in to, so I got to climb inside these World War II aircraft on display the other day. I will link the pictures I found most interesting. I will be happy to answer whatever questions I can.

The aircraft were the B-17G Flying Fortress Nine-O-Nine, the B-24J Liberator Witchcraft, and an F-51D Mustang.
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Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 08:34pm

Here's the Nine-O-Nine head-on.
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The Starboard side, in front of the cockpit:Image
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Looking up at the bombardier? sights in the nose cone:Image
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A bomb in the bomb-bay (naturally):Image
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The cockpit:Image
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Re: Pasco, WA (Tri-Cities) WWII Aircraft

Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 08:54pm

Looking aft through the bomb-bay (the only way through was between the V-shaped supports.) Needless to say, it was a tight fit for a big fat guy, like me:
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Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 08:56pm

In this plane there are two machine guns mounted to the aft of the bomb-bay. You can see the starboard one slightly to the fore, and the port one slightly aft:
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Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 09:02pm

Here's the ball turret, which is just aft of the Bomb-Bay Image

I had to squeeze around it on the port side, which was, needless to say, quite difficult for a fatty like me. You can just barely see the black walkway on the right in this picture.
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Re: Pasco, WA (Tri-Cities) WWII Aircraft

Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 09:03pm

I have a few more picture for those who are interested, but here's the nose art for "Nine-O-Nine"
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Re: Pasco, WA (Tri-Cities) WWII Aircraft

Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 09:04pm

I'm spent for the day. Tomorrow I will post some pics from the B-24J Liberator, "Witchcraft".
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Re: Pasco, WA (Tri-Cities) WWII Aircraft

Post by DesertFly » 2017-06-30 09:07pm

BTW, getting to climb inside these aircraft was the coolest thing I've ever done...since the submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago!
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