MY LATEST B-17 DATA PLATE
Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:10 AM
Posted 13 September 2018 - 07:38 AM
Posted 13 September 2018 - 10:51 AM
If this is a data plate from the movie's Mary Ann, this solves a bit of a mystery. If I recall correctly, there had been a discussion on the old ArmyAirForces website about the identity of the Mary Ann. The actual serial number of the plane is not shown in the movie or any of the stills. I don't even think there was even a consensus as to what planes were actually used in the movie, and there was some talk that although the planes may have been B-17B's, some of the -B models had been upgraded with features that made them look like -C models. If the info on Joe Baugher's website is correct, 38-584 was written off in October of 1943 and went to "Class 26" at Hobbs AAF after that. I don't know what "Class 26" was, but I do know there was an aviation mechanics school at Hobbs along with a Specialized 4-Engine Pilot School that had B-17s there. It would make sense to use an old plane for the mechanics to practice maintenance tasks on.
A friend of mine who was a B-17 Flight Engineer told me these data plates were attached to the bulkheads on each section of the fuselage that was built as a sub-assembly. I'm not sure how many sub-assemblies there were for B-17B fuselages but I would guess at least 4 or 5.
Posted 13 September 2018 - 12:15 PM
5thwingmatry....Class 26 means it's a static aircraft ..... mostly used for instructional purposes...
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