B17 flying fortress waist gunners bronze figure
Bronze military sculpture Avaition and military sculpture by Peter Close

The Waist Gunners Aviation Art

Bronze Aircrew Figure


  B17 flying fortress world war II aircrew waist gunners bronze sculpture

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The Waist Gunners primary duty was to look for and defend against enemy fighters. The waist gunners fought back to back, this made maneuvering inside the confines of the aircraft difficult. A major problem at high altitude was lack of oxygen, the gunners could accidently unplug each other from their oxygen system and the affected gunner would become dizzy and eventually pass out. If the oxygen was not reconnected he could die from lack of air.

In his sculpture of the Waist Gunners Peter has captured a poignant moment as the gunners of a B17 Flying Fortress relax on the grass during a delay before take-off. Leaning against their parachutes, one scribbles a few lines in a notebook while the other plays with a scruffy terrier.

The men are wearing B3 sheepskin jackets, A3 trouser, A-6a boots, a B2 cap and an A11 helmet respectively.

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The Waist Gunners Bronze Aviation Sculpture by Aviation and Military Artist and Sculptor Peter Close is limited to an edition of 250

The bronze sculpture is hand cast in the highest quality cold cast bronze in Peter's workshop in Somerset

The Waist Gunners Sculpture will come to you with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and will be engraved with its own unique edition number - if you would like to request a special number please contact us to check availability

The sculpture stands 17" long and weighs 3 kgs Shipping is free within the UK only.

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