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B-17 Ball Turret Gallery


View of the interior of the ball turret.

Picture 1 of 3.

Note the red charging handle, its associated cable leading to the aft of the turret, and the red pulley. In the cramped quarters of the ball turret, the ball turret gunner could not directly cock the gun; instead, the gunner pulled this handle, the cable of which attached to the machine gun, in order to charge (cock) the weapon.

Also notice the left foot rest (the half-moon above the forward charging handle pulley, just left of the round forward window).

B-17 Ball Turret interior, including machine gun charging handles, at Champaign Aviation Museum
Time picture taken Thu May 22 06:06:06 2014
Location picture taken Main Hangar
Champaign Aviation Museum
Urbana, OH
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