Some mementos for sale
Thankfully we didn't need this
Spark plugs for the Wright Cyclone engines
Waist gunner position
Ball turret in belly
.50 cal. ammo supply
In the bombardier's position. On the way to the target he was also a machine gunner.
Enjoyed myself immensely
Bomb bay control panel
Hydraulics for something
One of 4 bomb racks
Radio and other controls
A great experience thinking about all our brave veterans have done for us
.50 cal. waist gun mount, sight, ammo feed
The top hatch was open the whole time! We could stick out our heads and take pics. It was only a few degrees cooler than on the ground, but VERY breezy. This is a view facing rear.
Not as bad as some nose art
One of the pilots
Close-up of one of the Wright Cyclones
Side entry to the lower ball turret. The shortest smallest guys were used here. Note cramped orientation in diagram pic below.
Token artsy pic
Macro of brake line for main landing gear wheel. Simply amazing how much detail and how many exposed parts.
Here's video of the engines starting up. My camera's video isn't fast enough to catch the props spinning at higher speeds. They look like they are barely running but actually were a blur with a yellow circle at the tips.
More videos of takeoff, view out of the top hatch, walk through the bomb bay, flight deck and cockpit, and a "crawl through" to the nose bomb sight. I was very aware that these guys were in their early twenties and I am not.