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US Army Air Corps B17G Flying Fortress by Chris Lord

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The bombing raid over, a group of B17 Flying Fortresses limp home at dawn.

10/18/2011 FEATURED in the redbubble group ELITE IMAGES

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the then-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 more than met 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 Thorpe Abbotts airfield in England and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy complemented the RAF Bomber Command’s nighttime area bombing in Operation Pointblank to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for Operation Overlord. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific 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. It quickly took on mythic proportions, and widely circulated stories and photos 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 by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. As of September 2011, 13 airframes remain airworthy, with dozens more in storage or on static display.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 3 years ago

    Super awesome display and history lesson!! Way to go!!

  • I thought this one might interest you John, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking a look. Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Chris, magnificent to see, done well my friend with this image and the write on this excellent my friend always n.j.

  • Hello Norma-Jean, so glad you stopped by and enjoyed what you saw. Thanks very much for this wonderful comment. Best regards.

    – Chris Lord

  • AroonKalandy
    AroonKalandyover 3 years ago

    A beauty………..

  • Gosh! That were quick! :-) How exciting is this? I’m so pleased and honored Aroon, thank you very much indeed. Greatly appreciated.

    – Chris Lord

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 3 years ago

    Good one Chris. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted, much appreciated. Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...over 3 years ago

    Brilliant Processing Chris !!

  • Hi Colin, I had some fun with this one! The old warbird looks good I think. Pleased that you liked it, Thanks very much indeed, Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

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