Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress facts for kids
|B-17 Flying Fortress|
|A B-17G performing at the 2014 Chino Airshow|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||28 July 1935|
|Retired||1968 (Brazilian Air Force)|
|Primary users||United States Army Air Forces
Royal Air Force
|Developed into||Boeing 307 Stratoliner|
The Boeing 17 Flying Fortress was a heavy bomber, that was used by the United States Strategic Air Force during World War II. It first flew in 1935, and was introduced in 1938. It had a shorter range, and a smaller bomb load, than its sister bomber the B-24 Liberator, but it had more defensive armament. It dropped large amounts of bombs during air raids against Germany, such as the raid on Dresden. The B-17 was also used in the Pacific, including the Battle of Midway. The Flying Fortress had its name for a good reason, it could survive the hits, being able to fly while under intense enemy fire. The B-17 was a heavy bomber plane that carried 2 tons of bombs. Not many B-17's survived WWII. It was the result of lots of opposition and the lack of escort by fighters. Although the Flying Fortress shot down many opposing fighters they also took a beating. Later in WWII, the U.S. increased escort fighters for the bombers giving more protection. The escort fights flew until the end of WWII.
Technical data (Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress)
|Years of production||1935-1945|
|Wing area||131,92 m²|
|Wight (empty)||16.391 kg|
|Max takeoff weight||29.710 kg|
|Service ceiling||10.800 m|
|Powerplant||4x Wright-R-1820-97 Cyclone|
|Power||4x 895 kW (1.217 HP)|
|Weapons||8 T bombs and 13* machine guns 12,7mm|
Images for kids
Formation flying through dense flak over Merseburg, Germany
Captured B-17F-27-BO in Luftwaffe markings, the USAAF-named "Wulfe-Hound", 41-24585, of the 360th BS/303rd BG, downed on 12 December 1942 near Leeuwarden, Netherlands, while on a raid on Rouen, France, the first Flying Fortress to fall intact into German hands. Operated by Kampfgeschwader 200 from March 1944.
Maynard H. Smith receiving Medal of Honor from Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson.
|United States Air Force Strategic Bombers|
|B-17 Flying Fortress | B-24 Liberator | B-25 Mitchell | B-26 Marauder | B-29 Flying Superfortress | B-35 | B-36 Peacemaker | B-47 Stratojet | B-50 Flying Superfortress | B-52 Stratofortress | B-58 Husler | B-1 Lancer | B-2 Spirit|
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