Markings: 457th Bomb Group based in Glatton, England, during World War II with the Eighth Air Force
Museum Condition: Flying
Needing to fill the Army Air Corps requirement for a long range, high-altitude, daylight bomber, Boeing developed the then Model 299, powered by four 750hp Pratt & Whitney Hornet engines. When the model crashed after take-off on its second flight, Boeing was technically disqualified from the contract, the but Army continued and ordered later models designated YB-17 and YB-17A. By the end of March 1940, the first production batch of B-17Bs were delivered to the Army Air Corps.
The final version, the B-17G model, boasted a heavy defense of 13 .50 caliber Browning machine guns, and could carry a bomb load of 8,000lbs. The B-17G entered service in fall of 1943, and become the most produced model with over 8600 built. Four Wright Cyclone R-1820-97 radial engines with 1200hp each gave the B-17G a top speed of over 280mph (240 knots).
Considered by most to be the most popular and recognized aircraft of WWII, the B-17 helped win the war in Europe by dropping over 640,000 tons of bombs.
The story of our B-17G, Sentimental Journey, can be found by clicking here.
The B-17 went through many refinements, and had a total of 6 different models that were delivered to the US Army Air Corps. The slideshow below shows the differences from models B through G.
|Maiden Flight||28 July 1935|
|Theatre of War||World War II|
|Status||Retired in 1968|
|Crew||10 Click here for crew position details|
|Wingspan||103 ft 9 in|
|Length||74 ft 4 in|
|Height||19 ft 3 in|
|Empty Weight||36,134 lbs|
|Max Takeoff Weight||65,500 lbs|
|Fuel Capacity/Consumption||2,780 US Gallons in the wings/200 US Gallons per hour|
|Oil Capacity||37 gallons per engine|
|Power Plant||(4) Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone Turbosupercharged Radials|
|Maximum Speed||263 knots (302 mph)|
|Service Ceiling||36,400 ft|
|Rate of Climb||900 ft/min|
|Range||3,259 nm (3750 mi)|
|Guns||(13) 0.50in (12.7mm) M2 Browning Machine Guns|
|Payload||Up to 8,000lbs ordance (short range missions of less than 400mi)
Up to 4,500lbs ordance (long range missions of up to 800mi)