B-25J 'BRIEFING TIME'
TAIL GUNNER'S COMPARTMENT

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OVERHEAD VIEW   Here's an angle you won't get unless you are hanging from the hangar rafters.  It was shot from a cherry picker and used along with dozens of other overhead shots to create the photo-real textures of our MAAM-SIM B-25J 'Briefing Time' add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator.  The streamlined, tear-drop shape is obvious.  The large Plexiglas canopy is the jettisonable escape hatch.
REAR VIEW  The business end of the twin M-2 .50 caliber machine guns.  You will see some airshow B-25s that have this area faired over in aluminum, but 'Briefing Time' has been restored to the original configuration.  There is a zipper around the canvas to allow the armorers full access to the guns.   The top of the armor chest plate can be seen through the Plexiglas.  Each M-2 was supplied with 600 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition, 200 rounds of which were in the long feed chutes running from the ammo boxes in the fuselage tunnel, past the gunner's shoulders, then down to the guns.


TAIL TUNNEL
 A peek down the long tunnel that is the fuselage leading from the Waist Gunner/Radio Operator's Compartment.  This is the entrance and exit for the tail-gunner.  Now day it is a handy place to stow the airshow equipment - the rain tarp for the cockpit, the ladder for adding oil and fuel atop the wings, etc.  Above the blue tarp, between frames is the rectangular ammo feed box, one of two.


 
TAIL-GUNNER'S CANOPY  The center, overhead section can be jettisoned for use as the escape hatch.  The tail gunner, for all the danger and cramped duty position he suffered, actually kneeling on pads on the deck with his bottom on a bicycle type seat, had the quickest bailout situation.

 
ARMOR PLATE  A shot from the tunnel up at the armor plate.  The armor chutes are covered by a metal sleeve at this point to prevent snagging by the gunner's arms and shoulders in the cramped compartment.

Click on the picture above to watch a short video filmed aboard 'Briefing Time' from the tail-gunner's position, in flight.   It's in Windows Media Video Format (wmv) and runs 49 seconds.



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