(HD) Flying on a Boeing B-17 Bomber, Nose Gunner/Bombardier View Takeoff, Flight and Landing

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On this warm June day in 2018 I went back in time... to another year,
another era. Flying like the American Greatest Generation flew. As this is easily one of the most iconic aircraft that fought in World War II, it was the flight of a lifetime for me and I will never forget it.

Flashbacks to movies like Memphis Belle and Twelve O' Clock High... you can get a feel what it must have been like for those young men who fought with this machine so many years ago...

I volunteered to sit up in the front and became somewhat wedged in
during the flight (being a somewhat larger, taller individual)
so I wasn't able to move around the aircraft during the flight
and check all the other positions but I think this turned out well
anyway. To say I enjoyed the flight would be a serious understatement. I certainly would like to do this again and this special opportunity was worth every dollar spent. I have joined the select group worldwide who can say they have flown on a B-17 airframe.

NOTE: In hindsight, I probably should've spent more time showing the interior, especially the bombardier position, but I tried to get what I could given time constraints and other variables. Plus, this always gives me an excuse to do it again sometime soon lol.


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Willow Run KYIP/YIP
About the Flight
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Aircraft: N3193G, Boeing B-17G–110–VE
Flying Fortress, USAAF serial number 44-85829

The airplane was built by the Vega Division of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation at Burbank, California and was delivered to the USAAF on July 16, 1945.

FUN FACT: It is the same aircraft that was used in the
making of the movie “Tora Tora Tora.”

Named: “Yankee Lady”

Aircraft Colors: 381st Bombardment Group (H)
8th Air Force, based at RAF Ridgewell, England

Engines: RADIALS!! LOVE 'EM!!
4X 1200HP Wright R1820-97, 3 Blade Hamilton Standard Props

Cruise Speed/Max Speed: 187 mph/287 mph

Gross Weight: 65,500lbs

Seat: Nosecone Nose Gunner/Bombardier position.

Location: Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport
KYIP/YIP, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA


This aircraft has its own Wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Lady

B-17 Flying Fortress Wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-17_Flying_Fortress

This is the same aircraft that I filmed doing takeoffs
and landings in this video at Farmingdale earlier this year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErtHi2Ejrug


BOOK A B-17 FLIGHT HERE
http://yankeeairmuseum.org/fly/
The Yankee Air Museum is a not-for-profit IRS designated 501c (3) organization. If you would like to make a donation or take a flight
to keep this aircraft flying, your donation is tax-deductible.

MORE INFO:
http://warbirds-eaa.net/the-yankee-air-museums-b-17g-yankee-lady/

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/wildwood-aviation-museum-hosts-restored-b-17.html


OTHER FAVORITE B-17 VIDEOS on YouTube
(There's no way I can link to all my
favorites, but here are a few)

Colour (RARE) Footage of B-17s VS. Luftwaffe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl6CaJWif1M

WWII B-17 Pilot takes one final flight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBNw4kfwNM

After 67 years, WWII pilot takes flight in B-17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UqnRatvu5Q

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress - Jay Leno's Garage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjRQXjcY6u0

A Flight in the B-17 Flying Fortress Liberty Belle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORVibQMaTs8

Memphis Belle (1990) - "Takeoff"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Af4HVl1WI

View from B-17 Flying Fortress Bombardier Position
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBRla1IaBD0

B17 We go for a ride in Fuddy Duddy a Flying Fortress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIBxnqYqR5A

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flight with cockpit view and ATC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsO8GTXgGAI

B-17 Takeoff--Bombardier's View
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1K4toV74g4

B-17 Take off view from bombardiers seat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ehoBA3B5tg

World War II navigator flies in Boeing B-17 bomber again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A6Y-bZadyw

We ride the B17 Flying Fortress A War Story
from a WWII navigator Charlie Mueller
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n_HN42ABl4

How to fly the B-17: Ground Operations 1943
US Army Air Forces Training Film World War II
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChFGBgvVBtA

B -17Flying Fortress - Bombardier -
Salute To My Dad -Wings of Freedom Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yddJX19pLaE


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