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I have never watched this before, and I'm floored at how many B-36s there are in this thing!!!! I had no idea they ever had that many in service.


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And they were in service just a short time.


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I had no idea they ever had that many in service.

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Looked kind of cramped.
 
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Looked kind of cramped.

They were roomy to crews coming up from -29 and -17's. And pressurized as well.




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Looked kind of cramped.

They were roomy to crews coming up from -29 and -17's. And pressurized as well.

There's a B-17 partly restored at a museum a little ways from where I live. Last time I was there they had volunteers manning some of the display aircraft. I stepped inside the B-17 and spent about half an hour talking to the guy on duty there, he had flown in them during the war. It was a very interesting conversation. And yes, they are very cramped inside. I decided they had to have used pretty wide angle lenses when they shot those scenes for Twelve O'Clock High and other movies.
 
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Looked kind of cramped.




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That's a cool picture

I believe the plane at top isn't a c-47 though

I think it's a Boeing B-9

I forget where I saw this, maybe Facebook, but someone else was talking about this picture and pointed that out


It definitely looks like a gooney bird
 
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That's a cool picture

I believe the plane at top isn't a c-47 though

I think it's a Boeing B-9

I forget where I saw this, maybe Facebook, but someone else was talking about this picture and pointed that out

It definitely looks like a gooney bird


It's not a B-9 (which I had never heard of until now), but it's just doesn't look like a C-47. B-9 info:

http://www.boeing.com/history/...ucts/b-9-bomber.page

Here the same shot with better resolution, it doesn't look like a C-47 I but sure can't tell you what it is.

http://www.bing.com/images/sea...8570501o0&ajaxhist=0
 
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LOL. That poor Tweet surrounded by all of that!


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Oh, and about cramped - I got a chance to climb around inside a B-17 once. I tried to get a look through the top turret gunner's turret but my shoulders could not fit past the circular turret ring. Damn. I hear the ball turret gunners had to be even smaller guys!


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Rogue, awesome photo. I asked some knowledgeable people and they concluded 1958.
 
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I have a vague recollection of that movie. Towards the end, IIRC, they started flying B-47s.

I feel for the guys who had to maintain the B-36. Can you imagine changing 336 spark plugs in winter in Newfoundland? Eek


 
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It looks like the small twin-engine aircraft in with that group of better-known Boeing bombers is the B-18 Bolo.

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The twin-engine B-18 Bolo was the first Douglas medium bomber. It was a combat version of the DC-2 commercial transport, absorbed punishment well and was especially useful during the early days of World War II.

The prototype (Douglas Bomber 1, or DB-1), finished in 1935, was designed around the DC-2's wings, but had a deeper and fatter fuselage with a bomb bay under its center section. The single DB-1 later was used to test the firing of large cannons from an aircraft.

Douglas produced 370 of the production model B-18 Bolos, and their availability during the late 1930s allowed the Air Corps to train bomber crews. The B-18 Bolos made up most of the bombers deployed outside the country as the United States entered World War II.

B-18 Bolos were used for antisubmarine operations in American and Caribbean waters and as trainers and transports. Twenty served as general reconnaissance bombers with the Royal Canadian Air Force as Digby Mk1s.

The twin-engine B-18 Bolo was the first Douglas medium bomber. It was a combat version of the DC-2 commercial transport, absorbed punishment well and was especially useful during the early days of World War II.

The prototype (Douglas Bomber 1, or DB-1), finished in 1935, was designed around the DC-2's wings, but had a deeper and fatter fuselage with a bomb bay under its center section. The single DB-1 later was used to test the firing of large cannons from an aircraft.

Douglas produced 370 of the production model B-18 Bolos, and their availability during the late 1930s allowed the Air Corps to train bomber crews. The B-18 Bolos made up most of the bombers deployed outside the country as the United States entered World War II.

B-18 Bolos were used for antisubmarine operations in American and Caribbean waters and as trainers and transports. Twenty served as general reconnaissance bombers with the Royal Canadian Air Force as Digby Mk1s.


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It looks like the small twin-engine aircraft in with that group of better-known Boeing bombers is the B-18 Bolo.


That would make sense. I've seen that photo before, captioned "B-100".

(36+29+18+17=100)
 
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Rogue, somewhere I have a copy of the picture of the aircraft arrayed on the ramp that you posted above. I think it's torn out of an old Popular Mechanics from the 50's.

At one time when I was actively building models, i was trying to recreate that picture in 1/72 scale. Never got terribly far.




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Same pic, different angle.



Slightly larger version.

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I did not realize the B17 was that big compared to the B29.
 
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It might be a B-18, going by the shape of the tail it could be a B-23 Dragon, too.


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