Waiting for the sky to clear . They had 100 folks on the list already for rides . The crew were giving it the morning preflight and oil leak hunt . Lots of fly by's around the city with that unmistakable sound . A few more images in my gallery .
Mon 25-Mar-13 09:56 AM | edited Mon 25-Mar-13 06:23 PM by nikonus
They were $450 for 25 minutes . I had a few images of some fly by passes , never found out what the total was on passengers . It looked like Two up in the cockpit behind the pilots , two at the waist gunner windows , two above the ball turret seats , one bomb sight seat . The tail gunner seat was never available as it looked hard to access .
Last year sentimental journey B-17 had a $650 bomber sight seat charge . It looked like most of the flight was under 2 - 4 thousand feet . We guess about 140 - 160 gallons an hour fuel burn at slower cruise speeds .... 200 gph at high speed .
Look on you tube , there were a few good ride videos .
The link below has some nice on the ground interior 360 views in High res. detail of another B-17 . Different locations tail gunner - waist guns ... pretty nice . Its at the bottom of the page click on the row of images. USE THE HAND ICON as you can move the view quickly .
Thanks for the links! I remember my father saying he could have bought an AT-6 after the war, but it drank 40 gallons per hour, which he couldn't maintain. There's probably a lot in hanger fees and maintenance to boot.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
>Waiting for the sky to clear . They had 100 folks on the list >already for rides . >The crew were giving it the morning preflight and oil leak >hunt . Lots of fly by's around the city with that unmistakable >sound . A few more images in my gallery . > >Thanks for looking > >
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I like much thes shot, expecially the first one, interesting perspective, good details, and nice colors,
Nice shot from the aft. I love the texture and color of the skin.
It's amazing how small those planes are from the inside. All sorts of protruberances and equipment that can poke and prod you if you're not careful. One year I got a chance to crawl around the Collings Foundation B-17 when they were touring NE and got as close as I could to the tail gunner's spot. Those guys had to be small - there's no way a 5-10 or 6' guy is going to easily cram his way into that seat. And the ball gunners - wow, definitely a different breed of cat. No way I would be strapped into that turret, there's just no way. The view from the navigator's seat is gorgeous though. If I had the 500 bucks, I would definitely pay for a ride in the nose.
The nose would be the best ride spot . I would love to shoot some air to air from the tail .
When I was sorting through all the stories and descriptions of operating the guns from different positions , the ball turret was one of the safest . Due to all the structure in the ball you had better flak protection and were a smaller target . The ball was not for a tall man's location .
The tail seemed worst , maybe like a sidecar on a motorcycle . I notice how flimsy the fuselage is with relatively thin skin and framing / ribs . It has no real floor just a plywood walkway to run along . All the strength is in the wing spar / fuel tanks / landing gear .