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Title of photo: “Aluminum Overcast”
Equipment: Sony a6000 with Sony E PZ 16-50mm lens
Tell us about your photo: Aluminum Overcast, N5017N, is one of only ten airworthy Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses. It never saw combat and somehow escaped being scrapped after World War II. It is owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and is still touring the United States and Canada. We saw it at Arlington Municipal Airport in November 2016.
The overhaul and restoration of the airframe took more than 10 years and thousands of hours by staff and volunteers at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The aircraft carries the colors of the 398th Bomb Group of World War II which flew hundreds of missions over Nazi-held territory during the war. Aluminum Overcast commemorates B-17G AAF Serial No. 42-102516, shot down over France in 1944. ~Wikipedia
I am horrified at the concept of the ball turret which can be seen hanging from the belly of the aircraft. This cramped compartment was only large enough to carry a gunner of small stature, and the only entrance and egress was through a small hatch on the turret. These airmen knew that if the landing gear failed or was shot off in battle, the ball turret would likely be destroyed in an attempted landing.