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BobWaitz
07-04-2017, 03:49 PM
Hey, it's probably Studebaker powered.

https://www.wimp.com/view-from-the-bombardier-compartment-of-a-b17-g/

53k
07-04-2017, 04:14 PM
Hey, it's probably Studebaker powered.

https://www.wimp.com/view-from-the-bombardier-compartment-of-a-b17-g/
VERY NEAT!! Envy, envy. Hope that was simulated ammunition in that machine gun.

riversidevw
07-04-2017, 04:34 PM
Appropriate for the day. Where was the flight?

BobWaitz
07-04-2017, 05:13 PM
Appropriate for the day. Where was the flight?
I'm not sure. I found it on a site that posts only good videos.

riversidevw
07-04-2017, 06:17 PM
Here's a B17 at our local airport a year or so ago. Part of the Collings Foundation Freedom Tour that makes the rounds of communities about the country. Offers flights in a variety of WW2 aircraft, keeping the awareness of these planes alive to another generation. Wife and I got more than a whiff of the smoke from awakening the #3 Studebaker!

Rerun
07-05-2017, 07:16 AM
When I flew on the B-17 "Fuddy Duddy" the #2 engine was Studebaker built. Here it is, hard at work.

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tim333
07-05-2017, 10:16 AM
Been there, done that. Only have still photos though.

Buzzard
07-05-2017, 12:27 PM
Here was my Canada Day bucket list: Penticton British Columbia65370
6536565366653676536865369If you get the chance, do it! Thrill of a lifetime. And yes they are Studebaker motors. In fact they said that during the restoration process, someone from the FAA doing inspections put a stop work on them when he saw the Studebaker nameplate as he thought they were using automobile parts in an airplane.
Bill

RadioRoy
07-05-2017, 02:09 PM
Hey, it's probably Studebaker powered.

https://www.wimp.com/view-from-the-bombardier-compartment-of-a-b17-g/

He would also have been looking at flak.

Avantidon
07-05-2017, 04:16 PM
It 's a known fact that all B-17-H models were equipped with all Studebaker engines. Many of the earlier Models also had some Studebaker engines on them as well. I am proud to be able to tell people these planes were Studebaker powered. I have spoken to pilots who fly them today and they all say without a doubt that the most dependable engines on their aircraft are the Studebaker ones. Thanks for the flight video.

Commander Eddie
07-05-2017, 05:33 PM
Bob, do you happen to know where this took place? A couple of weeks ago there was a B-17 flying over our house a couple of times a day. I think they might have been flying out of McMinnville or Hillsboro, Oregon. The ground below in the video sure looks like where I live in Dundee, Oregon.

riversidevw
07-05-2017, 06:27 PM
It 's a known fact that all B-17-H models were equipped with all Studebaker engines. Many of the earlier Models also had some Studebaker engines on them as well. I am proud to be able to tell people these planes were Studebaker powered. I have spoken to pilots who fly them today and they all say without a doubt that the most dependable engines on their aircraft are the Studebaker ones. Thanks for the flight video.

Other (earlier) engines were supplied by Curtiss-Wright, that company during the war became subject of Congressional investigation for shoddy quality and corrupt inspection procedures. Ironic that Studebaker was eventually managed by Curtiss-Wright.

Jeffry Cassel
07-05-2017, 06:54 PM
My father was a B-17 pilot. A few yrs ago I was lucky enough to ride in it ( Sentimental Journey) 3 of the 4 engines at that time were Studebaker built. I sat in the bombadiers seat as we landed. AWESOME.

riversidevw
07-05-2017, 08:00 PM
Here's the group that makes the rounds out here every year or so. Couldn't find their itinerary for last month, so not sure about Ed's Oregon sighting. I believe they were back in our area about six weeks ago.

(Edit) Link seems not working at the moment. But you can Google Collings Foundation.

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/


(http://www.collingsfoundation.org/)

HAWK64
07-06-2017, 02:53 AM
My father was a B-17 pilot. A few yrs ago I was lucky enough to ride in it ( Sentimental Journey) 3 of the 4 engines at that time were Studebaker built. I sat in the bombadiers seat as we landed. AWESOME.

This is the Studebaker engine plate from one of those engines which was on a English based B17 during WW2. I like that famous Studebaker emblem on the [plate.65402

Gunslinger
07-06-2017, 07:51 AM
This is the view from the bombardier's position on "Nine-O-Nine" when I took a flight and got to co-pilot it...

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Commander Eddie
07-06-2017, 12:39 PM
My father was a B-17 pilot. A few yrs ago I was lucky enough to ride in it ( Sentimental Journey) 3 of the 4 engines at that time were Studebaker built. I sat in the bombadiers seat as we landed. AWESOME.
My dad also flew these in the Pacific during WWII. He was part of a team that was experimenting with retrofitting extra bladder tanks in the fuselage to extend their range. The hope was to be able to fly all the way to Japan and back. He was unable to talk about this until just a few years ago.

RadioRoy
07-07-2017, 02:21 PM
My dad also flew these in the Pacific during WWII. He was part of a team that was experimenting with retrofitting extra bladder tanks in the fuselage to extend their range. The hope was to be able to fly all the way to Japan and back. He was unable to talk about this until just a few years ago.

He was unable to talk about it because of classified information, or because of the emotional impact?

Commander Eddie
07-07-2017, 04:25 PM
He was unable to talk about it because of classified information, or because of the emotional impact?
It was classified. When he mustered out in December of 1945 he was ordered to remain silent. He took them very seriously. I now have the whole story on tape. I'll likely transcribe it at some point at publish it.

StudeDave57
07-08-2017, 04:57 PM
And yes they are Studebaker motors.
In fact they said that during the restoration process, someone from the FAA doing inspections put a stop work on them when he saw the Studebaker nameplate as he thought they were using automobile parts in an airplane. Bill
Are you trying to tell me that particular B-25 is Studebaker powered...?

If so it wasn't built that way.
Swapping to them would be a downgrade~
R-1850s in a B-17 vs R-2600s in a B-25.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_R-1820_Cyclone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_R-2600_Twin_Cyclone


Weird.

Buzzard
07-09-2017, 01:05 PM
Not trying to mis-lead Dave. Just repeating what I was told due to me wearing a large "Studebaker" t-shirt which initiated the conversation.
Bill

Gunslinger
07-09-2017, 05:57 PM
A B17H wasn't really a combat plane...it was set up as an air/sea rescue plane and carried a large lifeboat under its fuselage to be dropped for airmen down at sea. I believe most, if not all, H models were converted from F or G models with all or most armament removed.

StudeDave57
07-09-2017, 07:57 PM
Not trying to mis-lead Dave. Just repeating what I was told due to me wearing a large "Studebaker" t-shirt which initiated the conversation.
Bill

No worries.
Their names are similar, but the number of cylinders/cubes/power of each don't lie.
It was the guy who told you that is the one doing the mis-leading.... :(



StudeDave '57 :cool: