chyancarrek Posted April 19, 2010 Share Posted April 19, 2010 I got a chance to surround myself with something besides iron this last weekend. A B-17G named "Liberty Belle" was in Hillsboro Oregon selling rides and while the $430.00 price tag for a hop wasn't in my budget they generously allowed folks to do a free walk thru of the interior. I've been around vintage aircraft my whole life and did 16 years volunteering in an air museum but this was my first chance to actually get inside a Fortress so I was a fairly excited fella. This B-17 is fitted out to taking on riders so it's not totally in an original state - the top turret is static with it's mechanisms removed, the bomb bay has a few 500 pounders statically mounted but the bomb racks are gone and the radio operator's station and fuselage aft of the waist gunners are set up with additional seats. The most remarkable thing to me was that although she certainly wasn't designed for a tall guy like me (see the pic of my portly self squeezing up thru the cockpit) there was a surprising amount of room inside and at 6' 2" I could stand full up at the navigator's station in the nose. My GF though is 5' 1" and she looked like she was right at home. It was great fun and the frosting on the cake was that they loaded up some paying passengers for a ride and we watched her lumber out and take off - I've seen B-17's in the air a number of times over the years but I just never get tired of those 4 radials running up! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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