Want to own the Bally Bomber?

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chicagorandy
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Want to own the Bally Bomber?

Postby chicagorandy » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:34 pm

Just saw the for sale notice on Facebook

http://courtesyaircraft.com/aircraft/n4 ... ber-b-17g/

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Jim Hardin
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Re: Want to own the Bally Bomber?

Postby Jim Hardin » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:35 pm

Wouldn't want to guess what the engine out performance would be :D Guessing the remaining 3 will at least take you to the scene of the accident...

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Re: Want to own the Bally Bomber?

Postby TimTaylor » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:39 pm

Which is the critical engine? The one that's still running.

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Re: Want to own the Bally Bomber?

Postby chicagorandy » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:14 pm

I was chatting with the pilot of the craft at AirVenture - he did mention the plane is not exactly 'overpowered'. That said I'd reckon if an engine or two failed you'd beat the fire engines to the crash site by a good 20 minutes.

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Re: Want to own the Bally Bomber?

Postby Cub flyer » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:43 am

Probably the 2 strokes would just stop turning instead of windmilling with high compression and low airspeed. Feathering prop might not be needed. Bright side is you would be the hit at any Fly-in.

I wonder what he puts in the pilot logbook to log time. Experimental B-17? B-17 .035?

Now with the little Verner direct drive radials available I wonder how close they would be to fit the cowls. Even if the cylinder heads stuck out of the cowls it would look pretty good.
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