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Zeus-cat
12-13-2009, 09:33 AM
Here is another B-17 photo. What is it?

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/IMG_2732edit2.jpg

And I want to offer an apology to Col.BBQ for his response on the third B-17 question. After further review, the officials have ruled that his answer was correct.

I did not completely understand the function of the item in photo 3 when I posted this (I admitted this when I posted it). Two of the three levers do release the bombs, but the third lever controls the bomb bay doors. We believe that this lever locks all three levers and it must be released first, and only then can the other two levers be activated. This obviouslty is a fail safe device to keep the bombs from being released when the bomb bay doors are closed. I will try and get a photo of the completed assembly next week.

AndyJWest
12-13-2009, 09:43 AM
A wild guess: a casting for attaching the tailwheel assembly to the fuselage structure?

Zeus-cat
12-13-2009, 10:34 AM
A wild guess: a casting for attaching the tailwheel assembly to the fuselage structure? <span class="ev_code_RED">A swing and a miss</span>

Deedsundone
12-13-2009, 10:54 AM
The bomb bay catwalk?

TS_Sancho
12-13-2009, 11:28 AM
Tailgunners seat?

VF-17_Jolly
12-13-2009, 11:50 AM
Ball turret support bracket?

AndyJWest
12-13-2009, 12:13 PM
Rudder pedals support?

Zeus-cat
12-13-2009, 12:29 PM
The bomb bay catwalk? CORRECT

Here is another photo showing my foot on the catwalk. You can see it is not very wide.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c252/Zeus-cat/IMG_2733edit.jpg

AndyJWest
12-13-2009, 01:19 PM
So what purpose does the lump sticking up serve, other than to trip up aircrew?

Choctaw111
12-13-2009, 02:12 PM
I thought it was the seat for the onboard rowing machine.

jarink
12-13-2009, 07:50 PM
It's a mounting bracket for a light/step and also the emergency bomb release mechanism.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/BombBay.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c1/jarink/EmerBombRelease.jpg

Zeus-cat
12-13-2009, 09:30 PM
So what purpose does the lump sticking up serve, other than to trip up aircrew?

If you are referring to the thing on the far left of the photo that tis what comnnects the walkway to the bulkhead right behind the cockpit.