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Collings Foundation Bombers

visited Kodiak 2001 July 1-3

This side of the Consolidated B-24J (N224J) has names of restoration contributors. Old Women's Mountain in left background.

1944 Boeing B-17G (N93012)

The other side of the B-24 has ART! Me in the red sweater.

Bomb hangar detail. Note the actuator engages two levers in the hangar.

This chart in the bomb-bay detail how to hang the various combinations of different size bombs.

Detail charts on how to hoist bombs into the bay.

Same charts.

The B-24 waist gun ports are open. Note the roll-up bomb bay doors. Both planes are equipped with very real looking mock-up guns.

The B-24 tail gun is in a turret, unlike the B-17, and the gunner can get from his position into the rest of the aircraft while airborne.

The B-24 can be entered through the ladder in the tail or up through the bomb-bays.

The waist gun ports on the B-17 are covered with plexiglas.

Old Women's Mountain and me in red sweater.

A very cramped tail gunner nest in the B-17 where he has his own hatch. The tail gunner cannot get into the forward part of the aircraft in flight. Me.

There is a large hatch in the roof of the radio room of the B-17.

The nose of the B-17 is very busy. There is a big dome for the bombardier, a lower turret for guns, two side guns, a top turret, and in the middle of all this, the cockpit. When you climb up that ladder you must still crawl around. It has a very small interior.

The Liberator's callsign is N224J.

Also present was Chris Kinter's 1942 T-27 Boeing Stearman "Kaydet" trainer biplane serial number 42-15869. This one was used by the Canadian Air Force and is painted accordingly. It has one 220 HP Continental R-670-5 radial engine. Chris is a Kodiak resident. Rides were available in all aircraft.

Pricilla Messner, a famous local aviation artist spent a large portion of July 2 painting the B-17.

Baine and Francis Cater of Kodiak inspect a B-24 engine.

B-24 and T-27.

The original radios in the aircraft are derelict. Bob Collings states that it is illegal to operate them so they didn't restore them. He obviously needs to know more about ham radio. The radio equipment includes the following:

In the B-17:
BC-375E with TU5B, TU6B, TU7B, TU8B, TU9B, BC-306A antenna tuner, BC-348H (Belmont s/n 852), two BC-458A (5.3-7 Mc), two ARC-5 receivers (3-6 Mc), one ARC-5 receiver (160-550 Kc). The tuning heads are in the cockpit but no wires are attached to any radios. Photos soon.

Latest update: 2005 April 11

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