Inside a Flying Fortress

Look inside one of the only surviving B-17Gs with a combat record

(Eric Long and Mark Avino)

Physical Challenges

(Eric Long and Mark Avino)

Manning the waist guns was uncomfortable and hazardous. Operating at altitudes up to 25,000 feet in an unpressurized cabin, temperatures often plunged to minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Frostbite, hypoxia, and the challenge of operating in bulky flight gear and flak jackets made aiming and firing the guns a constant challenge.


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