B-17 Bomber

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The B-17 Flying Fortress served in every World War II combat zone, but it is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Boeing produced the bomber in small numbers in the late thirties. Boeing sub-contracted with Lockheed-Vega factories to produce later models of the B-17 during the height of the conflict. They were able to supply over 3,400 of the “F” model and over 8,600 of the “G” model. Some models were equipped with lifeboats for sea rescues but the primary use of the planes was the day light raids on European targets. One of the most famous of these planes, the Memphis Bell, was able to complete 25 bombing missions over European territory.  


B-17 Fortress
Type of Bomber High Altitude
Crew 6 to 10
Wing Span feet 103.75
       meters 31.6
Length feet 74.75
      meters 22.8
Height Feet 19.08
      meters 5.8
Weight pounds 35,800
      kilograms 16,200
Max Speed MPH 287
      km/h 462
Typical Range Miles 1,100
     kilometer 1,760
Bomb Capacity pounds 6,000
      kilograms 2,724
Wing Bomb Capacity pounds n/a
      kilograms n/a
Max Bomb Capacity pounds 12,800
      kilograms 5,800
Years Produced 1935-1945
Manufacture Boeing
Number of Engines 4
Horse Power in Engine 1,200
Country United Kingdom
United States



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