B17 - Yankee Lady by warbirds
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Developed as the main arm of the US Army Air Corps bomber force the B17 was designed from the outset to be self-sufficient in a combat environment. Intended to provide all round defence capability against fighter attack the B17s were employed in relatively tight formations and supplied with an array of 0.5inch heavy machine guns The theory of mutual self defence was found wanting in the early operations and loss rates were horrendous. With advent of long range fighter escort (P51 and P47) the mission profile became more supportable and continual long range daylight missions did much to end the European WW2 hostilities. While making a huge impact in the ‘round the clock’ bombing missions the B17 always suffered from a low total bomb load of only 6,000lbs for normal range sorties.

The image portrays a B17 G model – Yankee Lady – currently flying in USA.


aircraft, warbird, military aircraft, classic aircraft, b17, usaf, ww2, cloud scene

The prints available here are the product of a family team (father & two sons) with many years of photographic experience the team is dedicated to producing high quality images especially of classic warbird aircraft.

The Warbird prints gallery contain composite images using many of the above aircraft photographs, often combined with other aircraft, and merged with a background and skyscape sympathetic to the original operational mode of the prototypes.

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  • Mark Braham
    Mark Brahamalmost 2 years ago

    Interesting…Well Done!

  • Thank you, good to hear from you, much appreciated.

    – warbirds

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

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks Colin, most gracious – and fun!

    – warbirds

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