Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
|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)[change | change source]
|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|
References[change | change source]
- Angelucci and Matricardi 1988, p. 46.
- Inflated values automatically calculated.