Designer: Boeing Company, Seattle.
Built by: Vega Aircraft Company (now Lockheed).
Model: B-17G Flying Fortress.
Required crew: 10, pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier, flight engineer (top turret gunner), radio operator, 2 waist gunners, tail gunner and ball turret gunner.
Fuel capacity: 1,700 gallons.
Range: 1,850 miles. Range could be extended when equipped with “Tokyo Tanks” which provided a total capacity of 3,630 gallons.
Wingspan: 103 feet, 9 inches.
Length: 74 feet, 4 inches.
Height: 19 feet, 1 inch.
Service ceiling: 35,600 feet.
Speeds: Maximum, 300 mph at 30,000 feet. Maximum continuous, 263 mph at 25,000 feet. Cruising speed, 170 mph. Landing, 74 mph. Rate of climb, 37 minutes to 20,000 feet.
Armament: Thirteen Browning M-2 .50-caliber machine guns. Fire rate approximately 13 rounds per second. No gun on a B-17 carried more than one minute’s supply of ammunition.
Bomb load: Depending on types of bombs, maximum normal load could go to 8,000 pounds If B-17 was fitted with special external racks; maximum normal short-range bomb load could go as high as 17,600 pounds.
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