Paducah down town is a great place. It is right on the river. They have all kinds of things to do. Quilting museum, river front, Old down town, ect.... I love the down town area. There are all kinds of antique shope, great places to eat, and if you stary at the "big E" you can watch the river traffic go by.
Wings Over Paducah
This is the B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast. The Experimental Aircraft Association was touring the country with her and these pictures are from her visit to Barkley Regional Airport. Seeing the inside of the aircraft made me appreciate the men that flew in such planes even more. They were young men and they were SMALL! I couldn't believe how tight it was inside the plane. A ladder was placed at the forward hatch (under the nose art) and you made your way back to the rear hatch to exit. I had to sqeeze past the bomb bay to get to the rear. The guys in the movies made that look so easy.
She looks so big on the outside.
She looks good but still lacks restoration of a lot of equipment. The aircraft is limited in altitude to levels below 10,000 ft. and (if memory serves) Visual Flight Rules.
Before we could get close to the plane, the crew did some work on the #2 engine. We could still get fairly close so it was possible to feel the power of the engine running. We had two of the grandkids with us and they loved it.
This is NOT the position I would have wanted to man on the aircraft. You had to be really small to fit into the ball turrent. If the plane was damaged in battle, the ball could get stuck in a position that would not allow the gunner to get out. If the landing gear was damaged and the plane had to make a belly landing, the ball gunner was crushed. It happened.
The "chin turrent" was added in later models of the plane to provide more protection against head-on attacks.
The kids enjoyed the experience and had a LOT of questions. I could have taken a flight (for a fee) but would have felt bad not being able to take the kids along. Maybe next time.