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EAA’s B-17G Aluminum Overcast to Have Operational Ball Turret Soon

Photos by John Hopkins

 

Ball turret
Ball turret out of the airplane.

Ball turret
Old Plexiglas being remade with new Plexiglas panels being cut and trimmed to fit.

Ball turret
Turret stripped of its electric motor and hydraulic pumps, gun sight, and other components so it could be cleaned and repainted.

EAA’s B-17G Aluminum Overcast, which is currently at the Kermit Weeks hangar for its winter maintenance program, will have a new feature soon. Restoration work is well under way in bringing the ball turret back to operation. Last week (February 4), the turret was reinstalled, and the process is underway to finish electrical wiring.

Minnesota Chapter Lends a Hand
On Saturday, January 27, EAA Chapter 237 from Blaine, Minnesota, spent the day volunteering at EAA’s maintenance hangar, helping on a variety of projects within the building. Among the largest of projects tackled for the day was to clean, scuff sand, and mask the very large vertical fin and horizontal stabilizers on the B-17G in preparation for a fresh coat of red paint. Many thanks to EAA 237’s work party in helping to improve the overall appearance of the aircraft.

Chapter 237
Members of EAA Chapter 237

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