B-17 “City of Savannah” Work Day at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum
I joined Guy McDonald – K4GTM, Steve Jonas – K4SDJ, and Peter Levesque – KJ4FAW at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler this afternoon for a workday on their B-17 “City of Savannah.” Amateur Radio Operators from the Coastal Amateur Radio Society are helping the B-17 team by working on the radio room of the bomber and associated equipment. After a holiday layoff, today was primarily a planning and preparation session for future work days. A power supply (with a problem that needs troubleshooting) and 2 BC-457-A transmitters were added to the inventory of parts. On future workdays, both the power supply and transmitter will be evaluated. The current plan is to cannibalize one BC-457-A for parts to make the other functional. Additionally we found that some racks had been fabricated and that the tuner units for the transmitters and one of the dynamotors had been mounted in the bomber’s radio room. The bomber’s radio room is starting to look like a radio room! We were also able to meet and discuss radio room issues with Tommy Garcia, a warbird restoration and B-17 expert. Additionally, we found that we may be able to assist the B-17 team in making the bomb bay door motor functional. It was a very productive afternoon; the coming weeks should see a great deal of progress!