View Full Version : B-17 was also a refueler aircraft.. betcha didnt know that!

11-21-2005, 05:34 AM
i saw another thread that got me thinkin. years ago as a child i had a collection of national geographic magazine for kids. in it was photos of unusual gas stations. i always loved that pic. allthough i cant find it anymore. here is another one from the same place, plus thier website! cool.

on the web! http://www.thebomber.com/Restaurant.asp


11-21-2005, 06:23 AM
& I bet from that pic alone many here suddenly want to drop their brain surgeons scalples, rocket scientist slide rules, and bankers gum thimbles................All to pick up a gas pump and say "Super Service Ma'am!!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

11-21-2005, 11:01 AM

11-21-2005, 12:01 PM
So was the Lancaster!
Not sure where any pictures are though!

11-21-2005, 12:09 PM
There was also a B17 remotely controlled, without the cockpit roof, I heard that there was a prank of somebody standing in attention in front of a big wig while the plane was taking off ( of course the plane was being controlled on the ground )...the big brass was rattled for what he tought was an unmanned plane...he he

11-21-2005, 02:26 PM
Hey guys!

Well, when I was a young tyke, I lived about 10 minutes from The Bomber. We visited at least once in my early(before age 2) years, and it's stuck with me. So, when I went home this summer, I made a point to stop by and get pictures. Now, before you get sad seeing these pics of her state now, I should point out, she is undergoing a complete restoration. The nose/cockpit section has already been fully restored, unfortunately, the enclosed complex for the nose section was closed.
Read more about the restoration here:

My pictures, I have these larger too:












Let me tell you, it is an awe inspiring sight, coming around a bend, and seeing four massive props poking over the trees. The story behind it is really amusing too. Turns out, the guy who bought it and brought it to Oregon was just learning to fly when he picked it up surplus form the Army. There was a series of misadventures in getting it to where it sits now. The .50s were obviously removed, they've got a bunch of fundraisers, as well as a nice little restaurant there now. If you're ever in Portland, Oregon head over to Milwakee and somewhere you'll find it! I highly suggest it, it's unique, and very awe inspiring seeing it close up!

S! Slate

11-21-2005, 07:57 PM
I live near the bomber but have not gone and seen her in many years. I do have to say though she is under resteration that resteration has been going on for over 15 years. The main problem at least last time I checked was funding. Unfrotenetly not many are willing to pitch in, at least at that time, and try to fix up the old gal.

My dad was able to go through her many times when he was a kid and at the time anyone could do so. But some people decided that taking "momentos" was the thing to do and slowly she started missing insterments and other parts. Because of this the owner closed down the bomber to the public as far as toures through her, I never got a chance to see inside.

I probably should go and visit her again and see how things are going, cant see the pics in this thread. Someday I hope that they get her up to viewing par again and maybe they can have it so people can again go through her and see what the inside looked like.

A side note if I remember right one of the Confederate Air Force's B-17s ended up with the gun glass and mounting from the Bombers raidio section. Maybe someone can correct me if Im wrong on that.

11-22-2005, 12:55 AM
walking away from historic aircraft like this ..makes me feel sad http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

reminds me of the "giving tree" book http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif dont know why.

i could sit there all day, just letting the history of her ebb thru me.

which remeinds me..... my girlfriends father worked for texaco for almost 40 years. wonder if he can find some items about her thru his old channels http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif