Boeing B-17: The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17: The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress

by Harry Friedman, Graham M. Simons

Hardcover(REV and Expanded ed.)

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Overview

The Boeing B-17 was the first American heavy bomber to see action in World War when it was supplied to the RAF. The design originated in 1934 when the US Air Corps was looking for a heavy bomber to reinforce their air forces in Hawaii, Panama and Alaska. For its time, the design included many advanced features and Boeing continued to develop the aircraft as experience of the demands of long distance flying at high altitude was gained.

When the USA entered WWII production of the aircraft was rapidly increased and it became the backbone of the USAAF in all theaters of war. This book describes how it was built and utilizes many hitherto unpublished photographs from the design studio and production lines. It illustrates and explains the many different roles that the aircraft took as the war progressed. Heavy bomber, reconnaissance, antisubmarine and air-sea rescue operations – there were few roles that this solid design could not adopt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848845381
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Edition description: REV and Expanded ed.
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

English professional aviation writer, publisher and historian Graham M Simons is one of the founders of the world famous aviation museum at Duxford near Cambridge where his interest was piqued watching the making of the ‘Battle of Britain’ film there in the late 1960’s and from the days when you could go ‘aircraft spotting’ at London Heathrow and other airports.

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