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3d digital fine art render of a B-17 bomber crew getting ready to go on a mission. The B-17 had a crew of 10, I only have 9 in the picture.
As of 06/07/2013: views 882

Made with Bryce 7 Pro. Some post work with photoshop.
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This image is not historiclly accurate. It is just an artist rendition.

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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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 2 years ago

    It’s a terrific image, reminds of my father going off on another raid, a beautiful work my friend.

  • Thank you Malcolm. I am glad you like it and it brought back some memories. Your comments are appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 2 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thank you Colin, your comments are appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 2 years ago

    Totally awesome rendition!!

  • Thank you my friend,

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 2 years ago

    Excellent !

  • Thank you Steven.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Mike Capone
    Mike Caponeover 2 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Thank you for you comment Mike, It is appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • frogster
    frogsterover 2 years ago

    Walt, this is outstanding, really like this.

  • Thank you for Commneting Larry. It is nice to hear from you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Incredible Walter!! :)

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago

    great work Walter.a fav

  • Thank you Dennis.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    Nicely done Walter. Jeep with the other two just out of the frame, I guess. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted, I Made this with a wide format. That might make part of it not show up in a standerd format. Thank you for you comment.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 2 years ago

    You missed the point Walter. I meant the two that are missing from the crew as per you mentioned were late. – Ted

  • Ok Ted that went over my head. Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

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