Boeing Company, Seattle,
BUILT UNDER LICENSE BY:
Vega Aircraft Company (now
B-17G Flying Fortress
ARMY AIR CORPS
Ten—Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, Bombardier,
Flight Engineer (top turret gunner), Radio Operator, 2 Waist Gunners, Tail
Gunner and Ball Turret Gunner
The B-17G is powered by
four 1,200-horsepower Wright Cyclone Model R-1820-97 engines. These engines are
nine cylinder, radial, air-cooled type with a 16:9 gear ratio. The propellers
are three-bladed Hamilton Standard propellers, 11 feet, 7 inches in
Basic Empty Weight 34,000 lbs.
Weight (Wartime) 65,500 lbs.
1,850 miles. Range could be extended when
equipped with “Tokyo Tanks” which provided a total capacity of 3,630
103 feet, 9
74 feet, 4 inches
feet, 1 inch
Thirteen Browning M-2 .50 caliber machine guns.
Fire rate approximately 13 rounds per second. No gun on a B-17 carried more than
one minute’s supply of ammunition.
types of bombs, maximum normal load could go to 8,000 lbs. If B-17 was fitted
with special external racks, maximum normal short-range bomb load could go as
high as 17,600 lbs.
12,732. Production peaked at
16 airplanes a day in April 1944. Today there are about a dozen B-17’s still
Maximum 300 mph. at 30,000 ft.
continuous 263 mph. at 25,000 ft.
Cruising speed 170 mph.
Rate of Climb 37 minutes to 20,000 ft.