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B-17 seat belts
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 02:42 AM UTC
Hope I'm not opening a can of worms, but I'm trying to determine the correct configuration of seat harnesses for B-17Fs in the spring of 1943. Would they have had shoulder harnesses or only seat belts at that time? And how about the yellow flotation devices they had later, would they have been present then? Over the years I've discovered that reference works aren't very good at depicting original seat belt set-ups, so I'm checking in here.

Thanks!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:04 AM UTC
No to the shoulder harness and yes to to the yellow seat back and bottom cushions.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:16 AM UTC

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No to the shoulder harness and yes to to the yellow seat back and bottom cushions.



Thanks Karl, I was hoping you'd weigh in!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:20 AM UTC
Here is the illustration from the IPC. This is from the G but everything was the same in the F (the stuff mounted on the back of the seat changed and there was a minor variation in the armor plate, but the seats and their cushions were consistent):

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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:28 AM UTC
Back side of back cushion:



Seat Cushion:



Newly made to original specs for the Belle
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:56 AM UTC
OK, I'm stealing these pictures. Thanks again!!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 12:31 PM UTC

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OK, I'm stealing these pictures. Thanks again!!

Michael



They are mine, I share
MichaelSatin
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 12:51 PM UTC
Tank ooh!

Michael