Discussion in 'On Topic' started by JaimeZX, May 3, 2009.
cool shine, scottwax
Beautiful B-17. I bet she wasn't that shiny new.
Does it fly?
1) Probably not, since a mirror-finish B-17 would be easy for German fighters to spot.
you know what he meant by "new"
Thats awesome. Makes me proud to be an American.
I'm glad someone understood what I meant.
That's what I do on the side.
Well, polish, cleaning, detailing, etc of planes.. that's a fucking MASSIVE project. That could easily be a 5k - 10k bill just on the cheap side..
that thing needs a clear coat
He links to the Air Force one 707 he did too
working on the underside of that thing had to be worse than hanging ceiling drywall
I bet that thing would light up a radar system like nobody's business.
Later in the war, the USAAF actually took to sending out fighters and bombers with just a polished skin, rather than paint (except squadron and national markings, that sort of thing), because paint on the entire airplane added a fair amount of weight, and the polished, waxed skin allowed the airplane to go slightly faster. The weight savings meant they could carry a little more ordnance, or fuel for longer strikes.
And by "a fair amount of weight," removing the paint on a P-51 saved a good several dozen pounds, and a couple hundred or more on the big bombers.
Yes, that one is still flying. Apparently was in Tora Tora Tora too.
That's why American Airlines doesn't paint their entire jets either. But "later in the war" meant we also had air supremacy. 'Course, if that's a later-model B-17 you could be right.
That is beyond awesome.
It was accepted April 7 of '45 into the 8th, but never delivered. So it is a late model, and it never saw combat.
Sweet plane! Probably was $15k to buff that thing.
I wonder how much one of those costs now.
that thing is fucking gorgeous