Tucson - Part F
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Pima Air & Space Museum Continued>

Voyager RV Resort, Tucson, AZ, Altitude: 2,821 ft.
September 2-11
2007 Fall Trip - 37 days and 3,177 miles into trip

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More from the Pima Air and Space Museum

F107 - Another prototype which never made it into production.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
When this bomber came out it had more guns on it than any other bomber. Knowing that their fighter escort limited range could not continue on to Germany they had to protect themselves from the German fighters. The pair of nose guns under the nose and single guns on each side just back of the nose bubble. A pair of guns on top and a pair on the bottom. Waist gunners on each side and a tail gunner. With all that fire power they still lost a lot of bombers over Germany. They also shot down over 400 German fighters.

Here you can see the top, bottom (Ball Turret), and waist gunner.

The Ball Turret Gunner entered only after the aircraft was airborne and always exited before landing. The operator had to be shorter than 5' 10" and they did not have room in the ball for their parachute. Unfortunately, if the plane went down it usually took this gunner with it.

This is not first-class seating!
What would it feel like to fly over the English Channel, France, and into Germany sitting like this and looking for enemy fighters. Oh, and then back to England!

The tail gunner also had to be small. They could only enter or exit through this small door in the tail. They also usually went down with the plane.

Germany's V1 "Buzz Bomb.
This is a captured V1 from WWII.

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