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Offline Gingie

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Re: Boeing B-17 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #275 on: July 06, 2023, 07:28:56 AM »
Different:  A Ford Jeep customized with a B-17‘s windshield and cockpit roof



Am I the only one surprised how tiny the Fortress cockpit is? At first I thought that was a scale-o-rama 48th B17 on to a 35th Jeep!

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Re: Boeing B-17 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #276 on: February 14, 2024, 05:29:04 AM »


At war’s end, the need for test bed aircraft that could carry new turbojet and turboprop engines aloft spawned a pair of B-17G conversions by Boeing, given the model designation 299Z. These B-17s kept all four R-1820 radial engines, and incorporated a series of streamlined engine mounts in the nose to accommodate turboprops, advanced versions of the R-3350 piston engine, and even an underslung turbojet.

Curtiss-Wright made one unusual, yet predictable, change to its test bed B-17, replacing its regular Hamilton-Standard propellers with Curtiss Electric props and hubs. The Curtiss-Wright aircraft tested the Wright Typhoon XT35 turbine engine originally envisioned for a Boeing bomber that became the B-52 with different engines. This test bed also flew with an underslung Curtiss-Wright J65 turbojet.

The Curtiss Wright B-17G underwent further alterations with a new underslung centerline mount for a J65 turbojet. Propellers on this airplane were Curtiss-Wright instead of Hamilton-Standard.
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Re: Boeing B-17 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #277 on: February 15, 2024, 01:26:55 AM »
Could kitbash B-58 engine in same place to become a post war racing B-17.

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Re: Boeing B-17 Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #278 on: February 15, 2024, 06:34:19 AM »
Could kitbash B-58 engine in same place to become a post war racing B-17.

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