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Boeing B-17G Specs



Designed by:
Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Wing Span:
103 Feet, 9 Inches
Built Under License By:
Vega Aircraft Company (now Lockheed)
Length:
74 Feet, 4 Inches
Model:
B-17G Flying Fortress
Height:
19 Feet, 1 Inches
Army Air Corps Serial Number:
#44-85740
Service Ceiling:
35,600 Feet
Range:
1,850 miles. Range could be extended when equipped with "Tokyo Tanks" which provided a total capacity of 3,630 gallons.
Armament:
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.
Required Crew:
Ten-Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, Bombardier, Flight Engineer (top turret gunner), Radio Operator, 2 Waist Gunners, Tail Gunner and Ball Turret Gunner
Bomb Load:
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.
Power:
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.
Speeds:
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.
Weights:
Basic Empty Weight 34,000 lbs.
Gross Weight (Wartime) 65,500 lbs.
Number Built:
12,732. Production peaked at 16 airplanes a day in April 1944. Today there are about a dozen B-17's still flying.
Fuel Capacity:
1,700 Gallons
Colors:
398th Bomb Group
Delivery Date:
May 18, 1945