THE B17 BOMBER

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During World War II, this plane played a pivotal role in bringing down Nazi Germany to its knees. Nicknamed the Flying Fortress, it was used in the strategic daylight bombing campaign over Germany to destroy industrial and military targets. It flew with a crew of 10 at a cruising speed of 300kmph. What caught my attention was the cramped ball turret gunner position located in the underbelly of the aircraft which usually got crushed while landing when returning damaged from a bombing raid. Poor gunner underneath got crushed too! This was a flying replica exhibited at the Arizona Air Museum in Tucson.

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