Saturday, 4 July 2015

Metal Birds - Commemorative Air Force - 2 July 2015

The Commemorative Air Force visited The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in early July 2015. 
We attended on July 2 and viewed the B-25 and B-17 bombers they had on display.
The crew members acted as tour guides and provided a lot of interesting information about the bombers.
The B-25 saw combat during World War II in the Mediterranean, N/W Africa and possibly Europe.
There were several repaired bullet holes in the aircraft. This B-25 also took part in a 5 plane raid and was the only aircraft to return from the raid.
They also allowed former air crew to sign the bombay doors. Two of the signatures were from surviving B-25 Doolittle Raid crew members although I wasn't able to identify the two signatures.
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B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17

B-17 nose
B-17 cockpit
B-17 - Nose -Navigator/bombardiers position


B-17 Bombay - Walkway across bombay was about 1 foot wide. Although Rose made it between the two metal pillars effortlessly, lets just say I'm pleased they didn't have to call emergency services to extract me.
B-17 - Bomaby looking forward
B-17 - Waist gun position. Rose contemplating the settling of some grievances.



B-17 Engines and wing. Plastic window degraded the photo.
B-17 - Tail gunners position

B-25 Mitchell


B-25 Mitchell - WWII Combat Veteran



 B-25 Bombay door. Signatures of former serving airmen

 B-25 - Bombay

 B-25 - Bombay

 B-25 - Cockpit

 B-25 - Looking toward rear gunners position. The narrow tunnel would be the only way to reach the rear gunners position while the plane is in flight.

B-25 - Waist gunners position

B-25 - Tail gunners position from waist gun position.

B-25 - Tail gunners position zoom
 B-25 - Rear
B-25 - Tail gunners position