Consolidated B-24 Liberator (N224J)
I found pages of this one in the FA gallery, so I wasn't going to post any of my snaps of it ... until I realized that just one other shot of the already-posted photos shows the mains coming up to be tucked away into the wells. So, since this click is a clear capture of the main gear coming up as N224J (44-44052) prop claws into a clear blue Nevada sky, I figured the pic was unique enough to share.
N224J, originally 44-44052, is a B24J Liberator painted as a B24H named "Witchcraft." N224J is the only "J" model that still flies. It is one of several Collings Foundation warbirds that tour the country each year. This year, I was fortunate enough to be a part of a small group of photogs who accompanied them thru three stops of their June schedule ... from here at KMEV (Minden-Tahoe) to KRTS (Reno Stead) and then over to KMCC (McClellan).
Skyhawkrg, your mention of the ball turret being retracted brings to my mind the pure guts it took for a man to be a ball turret gunner during the war. Hanging below the plane, looking straight down. And also knowing that any type of electrical / hydraulic system failure could leave me stuck inside as the aircraft came in for a landing. I think I could have manned any of the other gun positions, but I doubt I could have been a ball turret gunner.
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