Inside a Flying Fortress
Look inside one of the only surviving B-17Gs with a combat record.
- By Roger Connor and Christopher Moore. Photographs by Eric Long and Mark Avino.
- AirSpaceMag.com, May 27, 2011
Compared with the B-29, the B-17’s navigation equipment was basic. Navigational equipment visible here includes a gyro flux gate compass, a radio compass, and an astrodome to take celestial sightings (rarely used over Europe). The navigator could also assist the bombardier in fending off deadly head-on attacks by manning the two ANM2 .50 caliber machine guns mounted on either side of the nose.