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 Post subject: What is this B-17 part?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:56 pm 
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A friend sent me this photograph that he says is of some wreckage at a 1943 B-17 crash site near Denver. He wants to know what the part is that's laying to the right of the engine mount, that looks like two wheels. Can anyone identify it? Is it part of a turbocharger?

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It does resemble the landing gear....Hmmmm :?

(edit) Looks to be the cowling on the left, with the cowl flap push rods...

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on the left looks like a engine mounting ring, on the right looks like a pair of brake drums.


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Definitely the main landing gear with the brakes. They are expander tube type brakes. Eerily similar to crash remains of a B-17 on Humphreys peak in Arizona

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Hey Dean,
That is the #2 Engine mount and dishpan, so it's not to far fetched to assume that is the left main gear. Those are the inner and outer brake drums, although they are smooth on the outside compared to ours which are ribbed. Could be a different varient. The small ring on the main part of the gear is a tie down ring.

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Thanks for the info, guys! I've passed it on to my buddy who sent me the photo.

Hey Pat! Welcome aboard the WIX!

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