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BOEING B-17G

Posted 10/23/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Boeing B-17G-40-VE (S/N 42-97991) in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The B-17G was the result of an almost continuous improvement program of earlier B-17 models. The G model was basically the production version of the B-17F after the modifications and improvements were incorporated into the design. Although the Bendix chin turret is the most obvious improvement incorporated into the B-17G, it was actually first used on late model B-17Fs. More than 8,500 Gs were built by three different manufacturers: Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed-Vega. More than 12,500 B-17s of all types were built before production ended.

The museum has one of the few B-17Gs remaining that actually flew in combat. The B-17G-35-BO, S/N 42-32076, Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby flew 24 combat missions with the 91st Bomb Group before landing in Sweden with engine trouble on May 29, 1944. The aircraft and crew were interned in neutral Sweden for the duration of World War II.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
B-17G 8,680 Improved B-17F


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: 12 .50-cal. machine guns and 8,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Four Wright R-1820-97 turbo-supercharged radials of 1200 hp each
Maximum speed: 302 mph at 25,000 ft.
Cruising speed: 160 mph
Service ceiling: 35,600 ft.
Range: 3,400 miles (maximum ferry range)
Span: 103 ft. 9 in.
Length: 74 ft. 9 in.
Height: 19 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 65,500 lbs. gross weight (actual - normal load)
Serial numbers: Boeing production: 42-31032 to 42-32116; 42-97058 to 42-97407; 42-102379 to 42-102978; 43-37509 to 43-39508; Douglas production: 42-37716; 42-37721 to 42-38213; 42-106984 to 42-
107233; 44-6001 to 44-7000; 44-83236 to 44-83885; Lockheed-Vega production: 42-39758 to 42-40057; 42-97436 to 42-
9798035; 44-8001 to 44-9000; 44-85492 to 4485841

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