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Friday, 27 July 2012

Broadsword quiz: Identify


How much in this photo can you identify? Gold Star for the "most comprehensive answer" and two Brownie Points for "best answer"



34 comments:

  1. B24 bomber ..somewhere in US

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  2. B24 bomber ..simthsonium museum in Washington dc

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  3. Avro Lancaster Heavy Bomber ... at the RAF museum ...

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  4. Also has a 'Fraser Nash turret ' .. I remember from a Commando comic... Starting sequence -Port inner, starboard inner, port outer, starboard outer, and featuring a tail gunner, known as 'Tail end Charlie'

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  5. That is the only flyable B-17 Flying Fortress in the world, the 1943 manufactured B-17F Boeing Bee (serial 42-29782, registration N-17W) on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

    N-17W has appeared in three movies:1,000 Plane Raid (1968), Tora Tora Tora (1969) and Memphis Belle (1989).

    Next to N-17W is a WB-47E Stratojet on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola FL (serial 51-7066). 51-7066 is a six-engined strategic jet bomber that served the USAF Strategic Air Command from 1953 to 1963 and was redesignated as a WB-47 and flew weather reconnaissance missions with the US Navy into the 1970s.

    In the foreground are ace reporter and hero of Tora Bora Ajai Shukla and a Sikh gentleman with a military bearing whom I can only assume is a retired IAF officer.

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  6. Seattle Air and Space museium, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in the background.

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  7. US A-20 Avenger bomber of WW-2 era.

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  8. Pushpindar Singh, Ajai Shukla, B17 Flying Fortress :)

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  9. Is the aircraft behind the B-29 Enola Gay???

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  10. Is the Aircraft behind the B-29 Enola Gay used to nuke Hiroshima

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  11. Is she the enola gay b-29 bomber of US used to nuke japan

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  12. @ajai sir

    its the B 24 Liberator in the backround

    and you are standig with Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh

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  13. lancaster bomber

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  14. The aircraft behind you is the BOEING BEE, a WWII B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, Serial No. 42-29782. While currently on display, it is still considered an airworthy aircraft.


    The B-17 is an iconic aircraft, which along with the B-24 Liberator was the mainstay of the US Army Air Corps during the Second World War. Of the bombs dropped by the service over Germany, nearly half were dropped by the B-17. It was especially noted for its rugged build, returning home even after sustaining extensive damage.


    This particular B-17 i.e. Boeing Bee, was built during the war and over the course of its life, served as a training aircraft, a tanker, a fire fighting aircraft, a public monument and participated in a movie. Considering that over 10,000 B-17s saw action in the war, this one ironically was never involved in combat.

    As for the location - you're standing in front of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, USA, and rather appropriately facing east in the picture, towards India. The museum is private non-profit institution and notable aircraft displayed include an Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde and SR-71 Blackbird.

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  15. Shivendra Shukla28 July 2012 at 03:41

    Looks like You and B-17 with a sikh Gentleman.

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  16. its the restored B-17F-70-BO Flying Fortress serial no: 42-29782 named the Boeing Bee at the Museum Of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington - USA.
    The only B-17F preserved and after 21 years of restoration finally shown to the public.

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  17. Thats Col Shukla and a Sikh gentlemanin front of a B17 Flying fortress.

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  19. Well, lets see.

    I see two gentlemen standing in the picture. One of them looks like Col Ajai Shukla. I would guess the other is Mr. Pushpinder Singh, but am not sure.

    The picture looks set in a summer setting, and is definitely not clicked in India.

    The airplane in the background is definitely a B17. The nose art on the B17 is 'Boeing Bee', so this one is a B17F model. Last two digits of the airframe are visible in the picture and they are 782. The 'Boeing Bee' had an airframe number of 42-29782, so that kinda checks out too.

    Boeing Bee is one of less than 12 B17s still flying today. And last I took my notes, this airplane was with "Museum of Flight" in Seattle, Washington. At that time, the airplane was under restoration at Paine Field, Boeing Field.But, since I haven't been to either of the facilities, I can't identify it conclusively.

    Not much of the aircraft to the right of B17 is visible, but one of my fellow "vintage aviation enthusiats" had told me some time back that in the summer "they" display the B17 and a B29 in the front lawn of the museum. If that is true, then this picture is taken in a summer, in front of the front lawn of Museum of Flight, Washington. The aircraft directly behind Col Shukla is definitely B17F (Boeing Bee) and the aircraft to the right of it might be a B29.

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  20. The B-17F Flying Fortress Boeing Bee is in the Museum of Flight in Seattle and is still airworthy.Tail number 42-29782 its FAA registration is given in the link below:
    http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=17W

    This much I could glean from the photo but I dont know who the 2 dudes in the photo are :P

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  21. Looks like a Boeing B-29 Superfortress.

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  22. Boeing B-17 Medium Heavy Bomber also called Flying Fortress :D

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  23. Last time you had not provided the results of the most comprehensive post about the Big Bertha! Hope you will indicate this time!

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  24. The Sikh gentleman is Mr. Pushpinder Singh Chopra - he was intstrumental in introducing Donier naval surveillance aircrafts.

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  25. Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
    Col Ajai Shukla and a Sikh Gentleman

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  26. RESULTS OF IDENTIFICATION QUIZ:

    GOLD STAR JOINT WINNERS: Unknown 15:14 and Mickey

    (By the way, Mickey, this photo was taken in Seattle, not Washington. You’re also wrong in perceiving two gentlemen in the photo. Pushy is definitely one; I, equally definitely, am not.

    SIX BROWNIE POINTS TO: Bhanja

    for his shameless ego-massage: “In the foreground are ace reporter and hero of Tora Bora Ajai Shukla…”

    Sadly, Bhanja couldn't get a Gold Star because he got the second person wrong, identifying Pushpinder Singh, Editor of Vayu Magazine and India’s foremost aviation historian, as “a Sikh gentleman with a military bearing whom I can only assume is a retired IAF officer.”

    MY THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED

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  27. You mean it is Pushpinder Singh ??

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  28. enola gay aircraft that bombed japan

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  29. Sunil Parapuram30 July 2012 at 20:48

    B-17 "Boeing Bee: Bomber.
    The Museum of Flight.
    Col. Shukla with Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh.

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