Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
103 Feet, 9 Inches
Vega Aircraft Company (now Lockheed)
74 Feet, 4 Inches
B-17G Flying Fortress
19 Feet, 1 Inches
|Army Air Corps
1,850 miles. Range could be extended when equipped with "Tokyo Tanks"
which provided a total capacity of 3,630 gallons.
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.
Ten-Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, Bombardier, Flight Engineer (top turret
gunner), Radio Operator, 2 Waist Gunners, Tail Gunner and Ball Turret
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.
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.
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.
Basic Empty Weight 34,000 lbs.
Gross Weight (Wartime) 65,500 lbs.
12,732. Production peaked at 16 airplanes a day in April 1944. Today
there are about a dozen B-17's still flying.
398th Bomb Group
May 18, 1945