LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/OUT/2005 1:24 PM|
Your Paulista buddy isn't the only guy who likes the B-17. It was a good thing for the US that it had B-17s when WWII broke out. You will recall that the Japanese planes approaching Pearl Harbor on December 7th was initially mistaken for a flight of B-17s expected from California.
As the "G" suggests, it wasn't one airplane but a series of planes with more and more modifications to make it safer for the men who flew them and deadlier for the enemies below. As I recall, the early ships did not have a tailgunner. As time went by, cheek guns were added. Pilots liked the B-17 and found it much easier to fly than the B-24, but the payload was limited.
About 15 years ago I found a board game that permitted the player to fly the B-17 on bombing missions over Europe. You didn't have to play it long to realize just how dangerous and often short the life a B-17 crew could be.
If you haven't seen "Memphis Belle", you should. The movie makes you proud of the B-17 crews. When the Free World needed men, it had them.
"Flyboys" is a terrific book about B-24 crews.
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