June 14-16, 2024

RickenBacker International Airport Columbus, Ohio

B-17 Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady"


B-17, also called the Flying Fortress, was a U.S. heavy bomber used during World War II. The B-17 was designed by the Boeing Aircraft Company in response to a 1934 Army Air Corps specification that called for a four-engined bomber at a time when two engines were the norm.


Model: B-17G
Registration: 44-85829
Wingspan: 103′ 9″
Empty Weight: 36,135 lb
Gross Weight: 65.500 lbs
Max Speed: 287 mph
Cruise Speed: 160 mph
Powerpant: 4 × Wright R-1820-97 “Cyclone” turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp
Range: 2,000 mi
Number Built: 12,731
Housed: Yankee Air Museum

Did you know:
In the Pacific, the aircraft earned a deadly reputation with the Japanese, who dubbed them the “four engine fighters.” The Flying Fortress was also legendary for their ability to stay in the air after several damaging attacks.

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