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.