C L I C K T O E N L A R G E
The G model of the B-17 was improved with a chin gun, twin .50s facing the front beneath the bombardier's position. It was a counter to German fighters flying straight toward the oncoming bomber and strafing the cockpit. This 1024 x 768 image at 100 dpi is from Scenic Reflections.
Power: 4 - Wright 1200 hp Cyclone R-1820-97 radial piston engines
Max. Speed: 462 kph / 287 mph
Ceiling: 10,920 m / 35,800 ft
Range: 3220 km / 2000 miles
Climb: 427 m / 1400 ft per minute
Empty: 13,488 kg / 29,710 lb
Max. Take Off: 29,737 kg / 65,500 lb
Wingspan: 31.62 m / 103 ft 9 in
Wing Area: 131.92 sq m / 1420 sq ft
Length: 22.78 m / 74 ft 9 in
Height: 5.82 m / 19 ft 1 in
Twin 12.7 mm / 0.5 in machine guns: under nose
aft of cockpit
under center fuselage
12.7 mm / 0.5 in machine gun: radio operator's hatch
2 waist positions
max. bomb load: 7990 kg / 17,600 lb
B-17 and B-24
The B-17 is seen flying here with America's other heavy bomber of World War II, the B-24 Liberator. It's handling helped earn it the name Flying Boxcar. This is a 1600 x 1200 picture from Wallpapers Web. You might prefer using a photo editor to lighten the image.
Legends in Their Own Time provides this 1280 x 1024 illustrated cutaway of the Boeing bomber.
The cockpit of the Flying Fortress, a name given the B-17 by a reporter covering its introduction. Had he flown in one over Germany he probably would have felt differently. The image is 1737 x 1181 at 300 dpi and is available at Wikimedia.
Damaged over Cologne, Germany
The B-17 was very vulnerable without fighter escort but it did have a reputation for taking a beating and still bringing its crew back to base. This 1800 x 1199 image at 300 dpi is found at Wikipedia.
Field of Fire
This interesting model was used to help train German pilots on the best approaches to attacking the B-17. The image is one of many available on the B-17 at Wikipedia.
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