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B-17 Flying Fortress
B17 - Chino Airshow 2014 (framed).jpg
A B-17G performing at the 2014 Chino Airshow
Role Heavy bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer Boeing
First flight 28 July 1935; 86 years ago (1935-07-28)
Introduction April 1938; 83 years ago (1938-04)
Retired 1968 (Brazilian Air Force)
Primary users United States Army Air Forces
Royal Air Force
Produced 1936–1945
Number built 12,731
Unit cost
  • US$238,329 (1945)
  • US$2.6 million (in 2016 dollars)2016
  • XB-38 Flying Fortress
  • YB-40 Flying Fortress
  • C-108 Flying Fortress
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)

Data Units
Years of production 1935-1945
Manufacturer Boeing
Wingspan 31,62 m
Length 22,66 m
Hight 5,82 m
Wing area 131,92 m²
Wight (empty) 16.391 kg
Max takeoff weight 29.710 kg
Crew 9
Speed 462km/h
Service ceiling 10.800 m
Range 3.220 km
Powerplant 4x Wright-R-1820-97 Cyclone
Power 4x 895 kW (1.217 HP)
Weapons 8 T bombs and 13* machine guns 12,7mm

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