Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington
BUILT UNDER LICENSE BY:
Vega Aircraft Company (now Lockheed)
B-17G Flying Fortress
ARMY AIR CORPS SERIAL NUMBER:
May 18, 1945
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 diameter.
Basic Empty Weight 34,000 lbs.
Gross 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 gallons.
103 feet, 9 inches
74 feet, 4 inches
19 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.
Depending on 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 flying.
Maximum 300 mph. at 30,000 ft.
Maximum continuous 263 mph. at 25,000 ft.
Cruising speed 170 mph.
Landing 74 mph.
Rate of Climb 37 minutes to 20,000 ft.
398th Bomb Group