For more than 3 grueling year’s courageous air crews of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress attacked strategic targets. The B-17 was one of the most popular bombers with the American public. The reason was the sheer beauty of Boeing’s Flying Fortress. It was still seen as an elegant aircraft even with the chin turrets and guns.


A lot of the success of the B-17 had to do with its 4 turbo super-charged engines. If the Flying Fortress did not have them it would have meant it would have had to fly at lower altitudes. There it would have been more be more vulnerable to enemy fighter and anti-aircraft attacks.

The very distinguished service of the U.S. 8th Air Force equipped mainly with the Boeing B-17. The 8th Air Force performed precision bombing far and wide over Germany from 1942 to 1945. Whittling away at the Luftwaffe, the B-17 saw some of the biggest and bloodiest air battles of World War II.

The Boeing B-17 developed for the United States Army Air Corps was a 4 engine bomber. Boeing competing against Martin and Douglas in the 1930s for a contract to build 200 bombers, their entry more than outperformed both the competitors. At first Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed. But the brass was so impressed with the design that the U.S. Army Air Corps ordered 13 of the B-17s. So successful the B-17 Flying Fortress went on to be the first mass-produced large aircraft in full-scale production.

The United States Army Air Forces employed the B-17 primarily in daylight precision strategic bombing campaign against the German Industrial and military targets. The 8th Army Air Corps based in England and the 15th Air Force was based in Italy served to complement the RAF Bomber command’s nighttime operation called “Operation Pointblank”. This was one of the first big steps in securing air superiority over the battlefields of Western Europe.

The B-17 served some in the War in the Pacific in raids against the Japanese airfields and shipping.

Many great stories exist today about the extensive battle damage the strategic weapon took and was still able to make it back home. These stories took on great mythic proportions and many photos were taken and circulated raising its iconic status. Out of the 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Germany 640,000 were from the B-17.

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress model will enhance any collection with its sheer beauty. We have provided some of the top selections for you pleasure.

B-17 Flying Fortress Listings

 

 

Boeing B 17F Flying Fortress US Army Bomber Hasegawa ONLY OPENED BRAND NEW
Boeing B 17F Flying Fortress US Army Bomber Hasegawa ONLY OPENED BRAND NEW
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HK Models 01E04 B 17F G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber
HK Models 01E04 B 17F G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber
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HK Models 01E04 1 32 B 17F G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber
HK Models 01E04 1 32 B 17F G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber
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HK MODELS 1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Airplane HK 01E04
HK MODELS 1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Airplane HK 01E04
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HKM01E04 USAF B 17G Flying Fortress 1 32 HK Models
HKM01E04 USAF B 17G Flying Fortress 1 32 HK Models
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WWII B 17G Flying Fortress BUILT Mahogany Handcrafted Model w Stand 1 62 Scale
WWII B 17G Flying Fortress BUILT Mahogany Handcrafted Model w Stand 1 62 Scale
$239.98
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CORGI MEMPHIS BELLE FLYING FORTRESS B 17F AA33301 WITH PHOTOS 172
CORGI MEMPHIS BELLE FLYING FORTRESS B 17F AA33301 WITH PHOTOS 172
$250.00
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Model Revell 148 B 17 Flying Fortress Airbrush Toolbox Tools Paint Supplies
Model Revell 148 B 17 Flying Fortress Airbrush Toolbox Tools Paint Supplies
$206.99
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Toys and Models B 17G Flying Fortress 162 TM 1030
Toys and Models B 17G Flying Fortress 162 TM 1030
$211.99
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KA Models 1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Super Detal Up Parts for HK Models MA32008
KA Models 1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Super Detal Up Parts for HK Models MA32008
$189.99
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1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Super Detail Up Parts for HK Model MA32008
1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Super Detail Up Parts for HK Model MA32008
$172.00
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Hobby365 1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Super Detail Up Part for HK Model MA32008
Hobby365 1 32 B 17G Flying Fortress Super Detail Up Part for HK Model MA32008
$192.00
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Daron Worldwide Trading ESAF008 B 17G Flying Fortress 1 54 AIRCRAFT
Daron Worldwide Trading ESAF008 B 17G Flying Fortress 1 54 AIRCRAFT
$168.08
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Daron Worldwide Trading ESAF007 B 17F Flying Fortress Mb 1 63 AIRCRAFT
Daron Worldwide Trading ESAF007 B 17F Flying Fortress Mb 1 63 AIRCRAFT
$144.63
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B 17F Flying Fortress Mb 1 63 Scale 16 7 8 x 23 1 2 Model ESAF007 New By Daron
B 17F Flying Fortress Mb 1 63 Scale 16 7 8 x 23 1 2 Model ESAF007 New By Daron
$141.96
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Monogram B 17 G Flying Fortress Rare 1975 Mint Sealed 1 48 scale
Monogram B 17 G Flying Fortress Rare 1975 Mint Sealed 1 48 scale
$134.95
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Eduard BIG7278 1 72 Boeing B 17F Flying Fortress Super Detail Set for Revell
Eduard BIG7278 1 72 Boeing B 17F Flying Fortress Super Detail Set for Revell
$130.03
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Eduard BIG7278 1 72 Boeing B 17F Flying Fortress Super Detail Set for Revell
Eduard BIG7278 1 72 Boeing B 17F Flying Fortress Super Detail Set for Revell
$119.85
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Monogram B 17 G Flying Fortress Rare 1975 Mint Sealed 1 48 scale
Monogram B 17 G Flying Fortress Rare 1975 Mint Sealed 1 48 scale
$125.99
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Eduard Super Detail Set for 1 72 B 17G Flying Fortress for Revell kit BIG7267
Eduard Super Detail Set for 1 72 B 17G Flying Fortress for Revell kit BIG7267
$124.27
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