Room with a view

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27 Responses to Room with a view

  1. RB says:

    Except I don’t think I’d have wanted to be there if a Japanese Zero, etc., came in for a strafing run…..

    • Elmo says:

      When you stop and think about what the men that crewed the bombers did it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

    • somedude says:

      you only got one choice, light that zero up. they had balls of steel, so much respect for these guys.

    • Grandpa says:

      The tactic of the front attack meant that the attacking fighter was likely flying into bullet streams from at least five .50cal guns, and made the closing attack from above and behind a greater chance of not being suicidal…

    • One of the many Bills says:

      It’s amazing to think about the guys that sat in those and fought. God bless em.

  2. anonymous says:

    Is that a B-25 Mitchell ?

  3. Brad_in_IL says:

    A B-25? If so, two days ago was the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle raid. There is one living survivor from the original 80 flyers …

  4. Padawan says:

    That’s beautiful but I’d be up there freaking the f*** out.

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  6. d says:

    During all of WWII, the survival rate of all bomber crews were around 25%

    To think that every time anyone from a lowly gunner to the pilot would board their aircraft for a mission, the odds of them coming back were stacked against them.

    • Craig says:

      My father was a B-17 pilot. He said he joined the Army Air Corps because he wanted to sleep in clean sheets each night. He was shot down over Germany and turned twenty-one in a POW camp. They were eventually liberated by part of Patton’s forces. He lived to be 87. Before he died, my sister asked him what nose art was on his plane…he said they didn’t have any…didn’t have the time.

      • RHT447 says:

        My father as well, with this group—

        He was drafted and went through basic at Fort Ord (basic for me there as well). He was in the first few weeks of training to be a medical admin clerk when they passed around the Air Corps applications. He flew 35 missions and lived to tell the tale.

        Yeah, guess where I get my screen name.

  7. Jason says:

    Imagin what I would be like to sit there during landing.

  8. RHT447 says:

    Truly an amazing war bird. The H model had a solid nose for guns. Some 20 or so were built with a 75mm cannon (which turned out not to be very effective). Others had 8 fifty cals in the nose. Add in a forward firing top turret, plus maybe a few fixed gun paks on the outside, you could have maybe a dozen 50’s all firing on a strafing run. A single pass could knock out all the AA batteries on one side of an enemy warship.

    More info here—

  9. Doc B says:

    That looks like the B-25 on display in Everett, WA. It is set up with the cannons in the front, and is also flight capable. That damn Paul Allen has some pretty cool stuff I tell ya!

  10. Judy says:

    As beautiful as that photo is; I know from experience I would be every shade of green there is as soon as we got in the air.

  11. They were called the Greatest Generation for a reason.

  12. C.R. says:

    those were some tough bastards! no “safe spaces” on a B-25

  13. Bob M says:

    Any time! Best VR experience ever!

  14. M. Sage says:

    Getting into that spot is a tight fit. There’s a square tunnel on the left side of the aircraft that goes pretty much below the pilot’s position. Getting out in an emergency would have been damn near impossible.

    Still better than the tail gunner position.

  15. =TW= says:

    My Old Man worked at North American Aviation after the war. One day when I was a kid, he brought home a B25 J lobby model. Made of wood, painted silver with airbrushed cockpit and canopies, rotating turrets and props. Similar to a wind tunnel model, it had a 5 foot wingspan and was mounted on a revolving tripod and stood about 5 feet tall. Pretty much dominated my bedroom.
    Mom hated that thing.
    Years later when I had left home, Dad donated it to the NAA RC modeler’s club.

    RIP, Dad.

  16. =T.W.= says:

    I got a half-hour flight in a B25 at the Hawthorne, CA airshow many years ago. As I recall it was noisy, drafty and cramped, smaller than a DC3. Quite jaunty-looking when parked or at taxi due to the tricycle gear.

    More B25 stuff here:
    including a virtual tour.

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