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Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress in Detail
Rear Fuselage and Tail

n by Bryan Ribbans


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Port amidships showing the ball turret. The medium green blotching can be clearly seen here as can the code details together with the kill markings painted under the gunner's window.

Photo: Bryan Ribbans

 


Taken from behind the port rear tailplane this photo shows up very well the very matt finish applied during recent restoration. It also shows off well the clean lines of the airframe.
 

Photo: Bryan Ribbans

 

Port tail fin. There is a distinct gap between the rudder and the top of the gun position.

 Also look how sharp the trailing edges of the tailplane are. 

The white coloured 'patch' is a rudder lock.

Photo: Bryan Ribbans

 

Looking along the airframe forward; note the rivit details and how much they protrude into the airflow. 

Again, the yellow 'patch' is a lock for the elevator.

Photo: Bryan Ribbans

 

Tail shot; note the twin postion lights under the guns, the ring gunsight and just how far the gunner was from the front of the aircraft. It's a long way forward. His window is also very small. All in all not a place I'd want to spend my working day! (And we think WE have it bad today).

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