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Old 11th September 2023, 00:13
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Does anyone have the size measurements of the B-17 Tail Gunner Armor Glass?

Hey guys,

I got a large armor glass section that came with a lot of German items. 100% it is not German, and visually, I am 95% sure it is the trapezoid flat piece of glass used in the B-17 tail gunner position.

Does anyone have the size measurement on that bit?

TIA

Mike
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Old 22nd September 2023, 20:06
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Re: Does anyone have the size measurements of the B-17 Tail Gunner Armor Glass?

I think the trapezoid shape was used in the Cheyenne tail turret. I was actually not used as a window but was mounted in a frame attached to the guns inside the turret. It was located between the operators head and the reflector gunsight and served as a shield to his head. I "think" it only moved side to side when he moved the guns.

https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/thread...a-b-17g.53737/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kensaviation/2487953543

https://paintingvalley.com/download-...-drawing-2.png

As to the size, I have not found that yet. The size may have varied over the years. I believe the glass had a greenish tinge.

This video has a lot of info about the evolution of the tail turrets. The man who made the video rebuilt a Cheyenne tail turret, getting parts from many sources. It may be possible for you to contact him and actually get the measurements of the glass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9j98R3_rbg

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