The B-17 Flying Fortress is a four engine heavy bomber designed by Boeing, primarily employed by the US Army Air Corps in the European theatre as a strategic bomber against German targets, but also saw service albeit in lesser quantities against the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. The long range, durability, heavy defensive armament, and speed of the aircraft lent it it's reputation as a strategic bomber. Over 10,000 were built over the course of World War II.
After the war, the B-17 began to be superseded by more advanced bombers, such as the B-29 and B-36.
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Tier: 9-B with M2 machine guns, 9-A to 8-C with bombs
Name: B-17 Flying Fortress
Origin: The Real World
Classification: Heavy Bomber
Height: 19 feet
Length: 74 feet
Weight: Empty weight ranges from 33,279 to 36135 lbs, loaded 40260 to 54000 lbs, maximum takeoff is 48726 to 65500 lb
Pilot(s): 1 (+Co pilot)
Needed Prerequisite for Use: Crew of 10, ammunition, fuel, training, and a runway with an optimal distance to take off
Used By: United States Army air forces, Royal Air Force, various others
Powered By: 4 Wright R-820 Cyclone Engines
Operational Timeframe: Several hours
Attack Potency: Wall level with machine guns (The B-17 carries 11 or more of the M2 Browning machine guns, capable of firing bullets with AP in this range), Small Building level+ (AN M64 500 lb bombs have a TNT filling in this range) to Building level with bombs (The 1000 lb bombs carry around 269 kilograms of explosive, with the 2000 lb bombs carrying 481 kg of explosives)
Range: 2000 miles with 6000 lb bomb load, farther with refueling, lower with additional bombs
Weaknesses: Large profile for AA and fighters, otherwise none notable
- 11 to 13 M2 Browning HMGs around the Bomber
- Up to 17600 lbs of bombs. Largest bomb type carried was 2000 lb.