Indeed The extra space is reserved for a machine gun, it is not for the convenience of the crew.... the canopy of the B17 is weirdly long...
Whether true or not, I like the storyThank you very much for feedback, Click, Graham, Roo, Steve and Dantana. I missed the other main airshow over here so (thankfully) there will be no flood of pictures this time
37 Viggen is a beast, it is said to be the only fighter ever that has managed to intercept the SR-71. The altitude needed was probably above the service ceiling for J37 so it was not without problems but somehow the pilots managed to intercept and lock on the SR-71.
There is also another (unconfirmed) story that the U.S. Air Force One once took a shortcut through swedish airspace but "forgot" to file a flight plan, so suddenly the crew found that they had a Viggen above each wing, escorting the Air Force One down to a military air base.. the president (possibly Nixon?) was said to be somewhat overstrained..
SAAB 32 Lansen