B-17E “Desert Rat” Restoration Update

Picture by Bruce Johnson of , the official corporate sponsor of the Desert Rat Restoration.
Picture by Bruce Johnson of , the official corporate sponsor of the Desert Rat Restoration.
Picture by Bruce Johnson of  Itsyourplane.com , the official corporate sponsor of the Desert Rat Restoration.

 

A new benchmark has been reached for the Desert Rat, B-17e Flying Fortress restoration.  The “turtle deck” is now fully sheathed in aluminum.  Due to extremely cold temperatures, work in the hanger has slowed, but we are able to stay productive fabricating needed Plexiglas units in the heated shop.

Recently Mike Kellner, with much assistance from Chris Gibson, had completed the arduous task of installing the top turret shroud on the Desert Rat.  The tolerances required were exacting.  In combat, the flight engineer manned this position.

The restoration of B-17E 41-2595 is underway in Marengo, Illinois.

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5 Comments

  1. I’m very impressed with all you re doing to restore this beautiful airplane in that tight building you are using. I would like to sign up for your newsletter.

    Thank you

    -Pete-

  2. We were at your shop a couple of years ago, we’d like to come back an visit again to see the progress. Thanks for you’re dedication in preserving such an important piece of history

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