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    July 21st, 2016, 14:34
    The XB-38 was made from a B-17E and was about 10 MPH faster than a standard B-17. The lone XB-38 was destroyed in an in-flight fire after 12 hrs flight time and though it showed promise there was a belief (though maybe not a fact) that the Allison engines were needed elsewhere and it was not replaced.
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    July 19th, 2016, 10:20
    The official installation of enclosed waist gun positions, called K-6 mounts, were on B-17 block # G-50 BO, G-50 VE and G-25 DL though there is photographic evidence of them on earlier blocks which means that they were probably installed at modification centers that also installed Cheyenne tail turrets. The window type probably indicates an early or late production G as does weather they have staggered waist gun stations or not.
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    July 8th, 2016, 13:42
    If you can get your hands on a copy of Aircraft in Profile 225 on the Me 163 it talks about several encounters including what may be the single most successful mission on Aug. 24, 1944 when 3 bombers were reported shot down. Also, the short amount of time that a pilot had to carry out a firing run ... about 2.5 seconds, because the MK 108 had such a low muzzle velocity that you couldn't start firing until you were 650 yards out and had to quit firing at 200 yards to turn away and avoid a collision. There is also a book called Rocket Fighter written by an Me 163 pilot which may have some combat reports but it has been so long that I read it I can't remember weather it did or didn't. The one thing I do remember most from it was that any pilot who was unfortunate enough to flip a 163 on...
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    July 8th, 2016, 12:03
    The subject of the beginning of this post is a B-17F. Most were field modified to carry 1 or 2 .50 cal. guns in the nose as the Germans had figured out that that was a weak spot defensively. Late production F's and all G's had chin turrets making a late production F almost indistinguishable from a G. The plexiglass nose on the G was cut back a little for barrel clearance. Interestingly, in Boeing nomenclature all B-17E's through B-17G's were Model 299 O.
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