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B-17 "Flying Fortress"

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B-17 Flying Fortress

The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17s were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every World War II combat zone but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Production ended in May 1945 and totaled 12,726. This B-17G represents “Heavens Above” of the 561st Squadron, 388th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, European-African-Middle Eastern theater. The group’s first combat mission was July 17, 1943, against Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the last combat mission was April 21, 1945. “Heavens Above” flew 128 combat missions. It returned to the United States (Bradley Field, Conn.) on June 30, 1945.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Wing Span: 103 ft 10 in
Length: 74 ft 4 in
Height: 19 ft 1 in
Weight: 55,000 lb loaded
Engines: Four Wright “Cyclone” R-1820s of 1,200 HP each
Armament: Thirteen .50-cal. machine guns with normal bomb load of 6,000 lb
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