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Autor:  Dale/RS
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Data:  13/OUT/2005 1:24 PM
Assunto:  fuddy duddy

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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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
fuddy duddy  –  Tom  13/OUT/2005, 9:16 AM
fuddy duddy  –  Rick Leal  13/OUT/2005, 10:10 AM
fuddy duddy  –  Tom  13/OUT/2005, 10:42 AM
fuddy duddy  –  Rick Leal  13/OUT/2005, 11:11 AM
fuddy duddy  –  Tom  13/OUT/2005, 11:35 AM
 fuddy duddy  –  Dale/RS  13/OUT/2005, 1:24 PM
fuddy duddy  –  Tom  13/OUT/2005, 3:01 PM

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