A Family Affair...

Assistant editor Jamie Ewan visited The B-17 Cockpit Project’s Dave and Paul Littleton and reveals just some of the legacy of this epic undertaking…

The cockpit as it was in Duxford’s American Air Museum during the filming of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. Note the upper turret dome has been installed.
DAVE LITTLETON

“What’s life without a B-17?” asked Dave Littleton, chuckling as we talked over a cup of coffee with his older brother, Paul. Dave is the founder and driving force behind the Essex, UK-based B-17 Cockpit Project and, with Paul’s help, for the past 22 years has been crafting a full-size, late-model B-17G Flying Fortress ‘office’. He explained: “I’ve tried to make it as authentic as possible to represent a ‘G’ coming off the production line in 1944. I actually started with a B-24 Liberator instrument panel – we kept it at our Mum’s house. Then I built a B-17 panel… and well, it carried on from there.” Paul laughed: “Mum used to go mental at us – there was a B-17 panel on one side of the room and a B-24’s on the other!”

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