Boeing B-17G-10-BO

 
 
Type: Heavy Bomber

Weight:
Take-off: 29,711 kg
Maximum: 32,659 kg

Length: 22.78 m
Wingspan: 31.62 m

Engine: 4 x Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone with General Electric B-22 turbo superchargers
Power:
Take-off: 1,200 HP
Indicated: 1,380 HP

Topspeed:
Sea Level: 423 km/h
At 7.625 m: 472 km/h

Service Ceiling: 10,851 m
Range: 2,000 km

Armament:
2 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns in the Bendix nose turret
2 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns in the chin positions
2 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns in the top Sperry N.645473E turret
2 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns in the under-fuselage Sperry N645849J ball turret
1 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns in the radio room
1 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns on the right side of the tail section
1 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns on the left side of the tail section
2 x .50-cal Browning M2 machine guns in the tail turret
Up to 7,983 kg of bombs (for shorter range flights)

B-17G became the most mass produced variant, with 8,680 built.
Boeing built 4,035, Douglas 2,395 and Lockheed 2,250 Flying Fortresses.

Advantages:
High bomb load
Powerful defensive armament
Long range
High survivability

Disadvantages:
Somewhat low airspeed
 

 

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