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Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress in Detail
Nose Area

n by Bryan Ribbans


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This is how Memphis Belle looks today. The walkway is raised above the gorund level allowing fo the good view of the nose area. Good idea that and one a few other places could take note of.

The paint work is Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with Medium Green blotches randomly applied over the upper surfaces.
 

Photo: Bryan Ribbans

 


 A head on shot of the nose glazing which is not usually available with a Fortress unless you have a tall ladder! Note the subtle indentations in the plexiglass for the forward firing machine guns. The guns are missing now, but were carried during the operational career of the aircraft.
 

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 Nose again. Note the continuation of the bomb aimers optically flat panel fixing ribs - something often missed on scale models. Note also how flush the side glazing is with the fuselage skin.

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Close up of the port cockpit glazing; and also the inboard propeller tip.
 

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Data table close-up showing the mission tally. This shot also gives a good idea of the fuselage skinning and panel line details.
 

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Port nose view. Note the pointed profile of the nose glazing so typical of the "F" model and style of side glazing. Memphis Belle carries an evidence of efforts taken in the field to beef up the forward firepower of early Fortresses. The side windows and gun mounts are non-standard and were applied  during the aircraft's service with 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group. Together with twin guns in the plexiglass nose, the Belle had a total of four forward-firing .5 calibre Brownings.
  

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Belle is blue on this side. Got great legs!...
 

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Starboard side of the nose. The cheek gun position is offset forward compared to the port side. Also the other side windows differ in configuration.
 

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Close up of the starboard nose art with with Belle in her red dress here, but still facing the rear of the aircraft.
 

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