This page is a picture walk-around and a walk-through a B-17. The plane is a restored B-17G owned by the Confederate Air Force. The first few pictures are of the exterior and focus on the more prominent features of this bomber. The interior photos begin at the front compartment of the plane and work back to the tail. Enjoy.

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This is the front view of a B-17 with the identification of the 457th Bomb Group. This is "Sentimental Journey" belonging to the Confederate Air Force.     Willard Reese
This is another view of the same plane as above.
This is a rear view of the same plane.     
This is a view of the front of the plane showing the plexiglass nose and the chin turret 50 caliber guns that were operated by the bombardier.
This view shows a side view of the tail section with clear markings of the 457th Bomb Group. The side window and gun were operated by the waist gunners.     Willard Reese
This is the ball turret with it's twin 50 caliber guns. The gunner entered the turret from inside the plane and not until the plane was airborn.     
This view gives some idea of the crowded space that the tail gunner occupied and the rear defense of twin 50 caliber guns.     
This is a view from under engine number one showing the turbo supercharger and the exhaust system. Each engine had a turbo charger.
A view of the B-17 landing gear. The gear retracted forward and up into the nacelle.
We are now inside the plane in the nose section which housed the Bombardier and Navigator. The seat directly ahead was for the bambardier. The bomb sight was directly in front of him. The bicycle-type handlebars to the right were pulled down to the center by the bombardier and were used to control the chin turret guns. The navigators table was to the left in this picture. The 50 calibre guns on each side were to be operated by the Navigator.     
This is a view of the pilots side of the cockpit instrument panel The throttles are to the right of the picture and are controlled by the pilots right hand while the control column is operated by the pilots left hand. The round numbered control knob on the center pedestal is the electronic turbo control. The red push buttons on the instrument panel are for feathering engines.    
This is the center pedestal between the pilot and the copilot. The throttles are directly in front and the pitch controls for each engine are immediately below the throttles. On the pedestal in the lower part of the picture is the "automatic flight controls" (or the autopilot).
This is a view of the instrument panel on the right side in front of the copilot.
This is a full view of the cockpit instrument panel showing almost all gauges and controls.
This shows the copilot's bucket seat and seat belt. The lever to the right of the seat is the manual priming pump for the engines.     
This is a view looking up into the top turret. The gun controls are in the center of the picture.     
This is a view of the right side of the bomb bay looking forward. The outboard bomb rack and bomb shackles are clearly shown. The bomb bay doors are open. The overhead hook is part of the bomb loading apparatus.     
This is the radio compartment (port side looking forward) showing the radio operator's seat, desk and radio.     
This is radio equipment on the rear firewall in the radio compartment. The view is looking toward the front of the plane and the bomb bay.     
This is a view of the firewall at the rear of the radio compartment - looking toward the rear of the plane. The cranks on the wall are to manually crank down the landing gear and the wingflaps. Thanks to James R. Day, who was a radar spot jammer in the 750th, this radio equipment can be properly identified. The top three units are transmitters used to jam enemy radar. The bottom unit is a receiver that detected the radar signal. Once a signal was picked up, one transmitter was used to jam that signal as others were received and jammed simultanesouly. Each operator was capable of jamming three signals at the same time. My thanks to J.Jason Day who passed this information to me. He is the grandson of James.
This is a view of the port waist gun position showing the 50 caliber gun and amunition box. The hose and control on the wall are the waist gunners oxygen supply.
Here is an actual picture of the waist gunners in action manning the 50 caliber waist guns. Note the heavy sheepskin flying suits and boots, the oxygen masks, headsets and intercom cords. Maneuvering under these conditions was difficult at best.
This is a view of the starboard waist gun position looking toward the rear of the plane. The amunition boxes were steel but these probably are temporary till they can be properly restored.
This is a view of the ball turrett looking toward the front of the plane. The yellow tank is the ball turret gunners oxygen supply. Both waist guns are visible in this picture. The bulkhead door straight ahead leads into the radio compartment.
This view is from the waist position looking toward the tail. The center vertical struts are part of the tail wheel retraction system. You can see how difficult it was for the tail gunner to crawl to his position with heavy flight gear on. The red box in front is a tool box.

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