stumbled onto something I did not expect at all

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  1. Trebor

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    A Trans World Airlines Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

    TWA B17 1946

    I want to build a 1:48 model of this, now lol
     
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    wow, I'm surprised nobody's replied to this, yet. this is a Boeing B-17 converted to an airliner
     
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    syscom3 Pacific Historian

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    Great find Trebor!

    I wonder what they put in the [converted] bomb bay area? Maybe luggage?
     
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    Very cool find!
     
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    Yep, probably luggage. It wasn't the first one, as the Swedes converted some which had been interned during WW2, first for ball-bearing freight, and then for passenger use. They had a similar internal arrangement to that in the pics, with a cabin fore and aft of the bomb bay, and an extended nose for freight/baggage. Some also had the bomb bay sealed, and another cabin installed.
    Rob, it's nothing particularly unusual, as a number were converted, during WW2, as troop transports, freighters, and as VIP transports. And, of course, this also lead to the development of the Stratoliner, using the same wing etc.
     
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    Excellent find Trebor! And thank you for sharing!:thumbright: :cool:
     
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    yea, but this is the first I've ever heard of a B-17 converted to a passenger airliner
     
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    A nice find Rob...
     
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    That would make a cool conversion Rob!
     
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    heh, the thing is I would have to scratchbuild the interior. everything right down to the curtains on the windows.
     
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    Hey he never said it had to be easy :lol:

    That's pretty cool!
     
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    lol yea, that'd take skill I'd never have :p
     
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    Unless you leave the door open very little of the interior would be visible. Do it in 1/72 and for sure it won't
     
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    Did anyone notice it was scrapped in France in the 70's ??

    Charles
     
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    yea, I read up on the history of that bird. very sad :(
     
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    That's really cool.

    Thanks for posting!
     
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