I believe JohnS was asking about the HE-219 project at Hazy. Here are a few shots that I took on a recent visit.
What I like about this shot is the paint that was under the wing fairing is factory original. You can see how they repainted the fuselage to match the pattern that was on the fuselage and how they tried to blend it into the original paint.
Here are the wings in the restoration shop. You can see the condition of the original paint which is what necessitated the restoration.
This is one of the engines from the HE-219
Here is a close up of the same engine showing the quality of the restoration. Some is original factory finish and some has been restored. I like how the emphasis is on preserving the original finish as opposed to stripping and repainting everything which is a common practice at many museums.
Here is a shot of the P-61 cockpit that I took in August of 2005 before the clean up.
Here is the same view as she is today at Hazy. They intend to keep her as she was modified for NACA service hence the configuration differences in the instrument panel.
I recall someone asking about The Swoose. Here is a shot of her cockpit.
The Swoose really does need to be put through the restoration process and brought to Hazy. She is a true diamond in the rough. She looks real good and in my opinion is in great shape. Her "executive" interior is all there and even though it is falling apart it will provide all of the information needed for her restoration. Hopefully some day she will be put back together along with Flak Bail and all of the other awesome birds waiting in the wings...pun intended.
I recall John Peters asking about the 4 gun ball turret:
"I remember seeing a photo of a 4 gunned ball turret which I believe is kept in storage at the NASM (don't quote me on the museum). Apparently this was strictly a prototype and never saw service. Either way it was a mean looking S.O.B. and would've packed quite a punch. However, I still can't figure out how they could've stuffed four .50 cals when there was hardly room for two? If anybody out there has any pictures of this I'd love to see it again. John"
Here is a shot of the experimental 4 gun ball turret at Garber:
Here is how the guns were fit into the end bells:
The guns were tilted and their position changed to accommodate the vertical stacking. On the one shot you can see what looks like weld beads around one of the gun ports.
It must have been fun to charge the guns by reaching across your chest.
Talk about a tight fit. Firing two 50's next to your ear is bad enough but sitting between 4 of them at 450 rounds per minute must have been unbearable!
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