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[ECS] Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress"

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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the Air Corps' expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing's design that they ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

From its pre-war inception, the USAAC (later USAAF) touted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to defend itself, and to return home despite extensive battle damage. Its reputation quickly took on mythic proportions, and widely circulated stories and photos of notable numbers and examples of B-17s surviving battle damage increased its iconic status. With a service ceiling greater than any of its Allied contemporaries, the B-17 established itself as an effective weapons system, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million metric tons of bombs dropped on Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s.

As of September 2011, 13 aircraft remain airworthy, with dozens more in storage or on static display. 

RoleHeavy bomber
National originUnited States
First flight28 July 1935
IntroductionApril 1938
Retired1968 (Brazilian Air Force)
Primary usersUnited States Army Air Forces
Royal Air Force
Number built12,731
Unit cost
VariantsXB-38 Flying Fortress
YB-40 Flying Fortress
C-108 Flying Fortress
Developed intoBoeing 307

The aircraft went through several alterations in each of its design stages and variants. Of the 13 YB-17s ordered for service testing, 12 were used by the 2nd Bomb Group of Langley Field, Virginia, to develop heavy bombing techniques, and the 13th was used for flight testing at the Material Division at Wright Field, Ohio. Experiments on this aircraft led to the use of a quartet of turbo-superchargers which would become standard on the B-17 line. A 14th aircraft, the YB-17A, originally destined for ground testing only and upgraded with the turbochargers, was re-designated B-17A after testing had finished.


General characteristics



  • Guns: 13 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in 8 positions (2 in the Bendix chin turret, 2 on nose cheeks, two staggered waist guns, 2 in upper Sperry turret, 2 in Sperry ball turret in belly, 2 in the tail and one in the nose)
  • Bombs:
    • Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
    • Long range missions (≈800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)
    • Overload: 17,600 lb (7,800 kg)

Server: Esterlon Community Server
Built by: Kroindaal       
Refrence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-17_Flying_Fortress

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02/18/2015 3:53 am
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CraftyFoxe's Avatar
Wow, you are an accomplished military builder. Your builds are quite pleasing to the eye.
08/26/2014 9:10 am
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X_hunter33's Avatar
I dont think B-17s ever had invasion stripes, at least i cant find any info about those.
08/26/2014 4:26 pm
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Corcetia's Avatar
https://i.imgur.com/qkytgYA.jpg (Couldn't find a larger image.)
08/27/2014 7:58 am
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X_hunter33's Avatar
I did a bit more research and found this, its an enlarged picture of this one:

08/03/2014 12:26 pm
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STEALTHy's Avatar
Best B-17 I've seen on Minecraft so far.
07/29/2014 1:22 pm
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ThatTater's Avatar
One problem, the bombs in the bomb bay would not be vertical, they would be arranged horizontally.
07/27/2014 10:16 am
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haha nice job getting pop real, i saw you building this on AC :P
07/27/2014 11:42 am
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Thanks, Nammer.
07/26/2014 10:46 pm
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Wow this is amazing! If you were too come on my server we have movecraft and could really use a builder like you! =D
07/26/2014 11:06 pm
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