tail gunner

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots explain why attacking a B-17 formation from behind was like ‘trying to make love to a porcupine that is on fire’

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots explain why attacking a B-17 formation from behind was like ‘trying to make love to a porcupine that is on fire’

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament in… Read More

4 months ago

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

Here’s how B-52 Tail Gunners shot down two North Vietnamese MiG-21 Fighters and turned the iconic strategic bomber into a MiG Killer

During Operation Linebacker II two B-52D tail gunners belonging to the 307th Strategic Bomb Wing from U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand, continued… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s why the B-58’s Tail Gun Rounds moved Backwards when They Left the Muzzle

The tail gun of the B-58 boasted many firsts for an aircraft defensive gun including the first fully automatic defensive… Read More

5 years ago

B-52D Diamond Lil tail gunner explains how he scored the last confirmed kill by a tail gunner in wartime 

"I fired at the bandit until it ballooned to 3 times in intensity then suddenly disappeared from my radar scope… Read More

6 years ago