Inside a Flying Fortress

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

(Eric Long and Mark Avino)


(Eric Long and Mark Avino)

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.


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