Banking Left


Cockpit of the premiere bomber of World War II, FIFI is the last flying B-29 in existence. The Commemorative Air Force Visits Mather Field, Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. September 28, 2016

Cockpit of FiFi, the premiere bomber of World War II, FIFI is the last flying B-29 in existence. The Commemorative Air Force Visits Mather Field, Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. September 28, 2016

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19 Comments on “Banking Left

    • Rawls, thank you. My wish was to have had them rotate the yoke to the left. They might not have been able to do that. Sometimes the mechanisms are locked when the engines are not running.

      • Yes, I know. I worked on B52’s and KC135’s while stationed in Minot, ND back in the early 1970’s. They are huge planes and the cockpits are always fascinating. I love the pilot windows in this one as you can see all around you, unlike those I worked on.

      • Hi Andy,
        These are very cool planes. Here is a link to another B-29 that is now flying. Thanks to Ray Laskowitz for the link. Here is his site https://laskowitzpictures.org

        I spent my 4 years in the Navy working on F-4s with a fighter squadron VF-33 and serving aboard two aircraft carriers America and Independence. My last duty on a Mediterranean cruise was flight deck trouble shooter.

      • Wow! I worked on an F-4 only once for an emergency landing. I was glad when he left, too many jbolts for me, or was it jobolts, lol. Just Give me the rivets, lol. Back in the 1980’s my dad took me to one of his WW2 Army Airforce reunions. There was an A20Havoc, which he flew. The men who flew these were so excited to see one and climb in the cockpit again. It was supposed to be the only one left at the time as they were chopped up and destroyed in the Pacific near the Philippines when the war was over. The next day was an airshow and the pilot had a heart attack and died crashing the plane and destroying it. I think there is another one or two that have been dug out of the jungles now. Check out my blog about here with a few pics.
        https://wordpress.com/post/christiangrandfather.com/264

    • Ray, thank you for getting that website. I passed the information on to the Commemorative Air Force staff. It will be interesting to see if they respond.

      • I hope they just change it to something like “one of only two flying…” Although, if I read it correctly, there will be a third fully restored B29 flying soon.

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