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B-17 Ball Turret Gallery


Detail of the aft machine gun charging cable pulley.

In the cramped quarters of the ball turret, the ball turret gunner could not directly cock the gun; instead, the gunner pulled a handle connected to the forward end of the cable seen here. The cable was routed through pulleys, one at the forward end of the turret and the one seen here, which attached to the machine gun, in order to charge (cock) the weapon.

B-17 Ball Turret machine gun charging handle/cable bracket at Champaign Aviation Museum
Time picture taken Thu May 22 06:08:52 2014
Location picture taken Main Hangar
Champaign Aviation Museum
Urbana, OH
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