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While looking for articles and photos on the removal of de-icer boots  on B-25's for another post, I found this. It is a very informative and interesting history and description of the Flying Fortress, including some great photos of the early variants. I hope this is new to many of you- I had never seen it before.



https://books.google.com/books?id=YMY9DwAAQBAJ&pg=PT116&lpg=PT116&dq=B-17's+with+deicer+boots+removed&source=bl&ots=-1c4Mb4fha&sig=ACfU3U24XrF_Nk7Q1aYDQo319QsKDD426w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiZ99SwqeHwAhVLK80KHRxYDUMQ6AEwEXoECAgQAw#v=onepage&q=B-17's with deicer boots removed&f=false

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I really would not have had to build up and install, or try to repair a wiring problem on a WW II aircraft.  Until 1954, the wires inside the wiring bundles did NOT have to have the wire number on them.  Also, they had string that would go about an inch or two, go 90 degrees and do a loop underneath the the string already on the bundle, and then go another couple of inches and repeat the same thing.  It looks a nice and pretty, but would be a pain to redo after working a problem.  I'm used to working with a ton of wires, just look at my avatar picture.  That is from just one spot on a C-5.  Now imagine trying to do it without an wire numbers on the wires and trying to lace the bundles up with with a continuous line of string instead of tie straps.



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