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Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29… Read More

5 months ago

The story of Alan E. Magee, the B-17 belly gunner who survived a 20,000-foot fall without parachute from his damaged Flying Fortress

B-17 belly gunner Alan E. Magee SSgt Alan E. Magee, belly gunner of the B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle!… Read More

7 months ago

This F6F Hellcat Pilot and his Puppy were Inseparable until he was shot down over Indochina

‘Rabbit’ Moranville and ‘Gunner’ were inseparable until Moranville was shot down over Indochina in January 1945. On the afternoon of… Read More

5 years ago

Former BUFF pilot remembers his first ride on the mighty B-52

"On this first training mission, while on a navigation leg at 35,000 feet, the pilot got out of his seat… Read More

6 years ago

INTERESTING FOOTAGE TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE LAST B-52 GUNNERS

On Sep. 16, 1991 SAC eliminated the gunner position and deactivated the guns on the B-52 as a cost reducing initiative… Read More

7 years ago

[UPDATED] LAST B-52 GUNNER RETIRES

Over his career Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum logged over 6,500 flight hours with over 1000 flight hours on the… Read More

7 years ago