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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (N5017N) - EAA's "Aluminum Overcast" prepares to take to the skies at Appleton Int'l Airport. I was fortunate enough to fly on this bird later that afternoon.
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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (N5017N)

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EAA's "Aluminum Overcast" prepares to take to the skies at Appleton Int'l Airport. I was fortunate enough to fly on this bird later that afternoon.

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Alan Hume
Good to see the matt green finish on the engine cowlings to stop reflections for the flight crew. And I never noticed that the B-17 had two additional .55 machine guns either side of the nose. Were they a late addition? The photo would have been enhanced with a slower shutter speed to blur the rotating props more.
John mcGeoghan
Must have been Piccadilly Circus young that cockpit/ nose section! Incredibly impressive though. Oh what I would give...
Patrick Hughes
I think that got done in theater, especially before the chin turret got added.
Mike Laird
I believe the side machine guns were a later addition. You can see that this is a 17-G thanks to the chin turret, so it is definitely a later model.
Paul Barrett
Cheek guns first appeared in the D variant and were manned by the Navigator fighting one side at a time
David Hasse
Pretty sure I wouldn't want to try a hard landing with the port tire in that condition, nor with the ball turret hanging out that far. Hate kicking up sparks on the runway, especially sideways. Think the cheek windows became stock on the G variant along with the chin turret. MGs have been seen mounted in upper, middle or lower forward panels, sometimes asymmetrically.
Linda Nitzschke
Reminds me of Dana Andrews as Capt. Derry in the movie The Best Years Of Our Lives, one of my all-time favorites.
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