Mastercraft Collection B-17 Flying Fortress Model Kit

Developed in the 1930s, the B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber designed by Boeing to pit against the planes produced by Douglas and Martin in the quest to gain a contract with the United States Army Air Corps. Bo…

Developed in the 1930s, the B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber designed by Boeing to pit against the planes produced by Douglas and Martin in the quest to gain a contract with the United States Army Air Corps. Boeing lost the contract because their prototyped crashed, but the Air Corp was nonetheless impressed by its design that it ordered 13 units of B-17s for further evaluation. Since its introduction in 1938, this bomber aircraft underwent some different design advances. Because of its high flight, long-range and its ability to withstand damage, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was touted as a strategic aircraft. After the World War II, the B-17 Flying Fortress was eased of its role as a bomber for the Army Air Forces. After these were ferried back to the Unites States across the Atlantic Ocean, most of the planes were sold for scrap to be melted down. Only a few remained and functioned as VIP transports, air-sea rescue or photo-reconnaissance.

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