Building a B-17G bomber with Volunteers. An enormous construction project at the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio
How was it built? Did we have a radio room to look at and copy?
When we started the project we had no old radio room structure to refer to. We had drawings and … pictures we took from existing B-17G models which are still flying around. We studied the drawings and progressed slowly.
The Radio Room is installed between Bulkhead 5 and 6.
Bulkhead 5 is at the edge from the bomb bay structure, at the right hand side of the spacers on the mock-up, shown below.
Bulk Head 6 ……Bulk Head 5…..Bomb Bay area
Start of the radio room construction. A special frame had to be welded to support the radio room structure during the initial construction. All the parts and pieces for the radio room were made in Urbana. Note: All the welded supports around the airplane are painted blue.