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How Much Do You Know About The B-17 Flying Fortress?

How much do you really know about the Flying Fortress?


  1. 1) What kind of flaps does the B-17 have?
    Erk Charlton

    That's right, the B-17 has split flaps, like many WWI era aircraft.

    That's right, the B-17 has split flaps, like many WWI era aircraft.

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  2. 2) How many cylinders does each B-17 engine have? (B-17G with Wright engines)
    Erik Charlton

    Radial engines always have odd-numbered cylinders, and the B-17 with Wright R-1820s have 9 cylinders.

    Radial engines always have odd-numbered cylinders, and the B-17 with Wright R-1820s have 9 cylinders.

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  3. 3) How many crewmembers did the B-17 carry on a bombing mission?
    LIFE Magazine

    Typically, the B-17 had a 10 man crew: pilot, copilot, flight engineer, bombardier, navigator, radio operator, ball turret gunner, 2 waist gunners, and a tail gunner.

    Typically, the B-17 had a 10 man crew: pilot, copilot, flight engineer, bombardier, navigator, radio operator, ball turret gunner, 2 waist gunners, and a tail gunner.

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  4. 4) How many B-17 were produced?
    Midland Intl. Air & Space Port

    That's a lot of bombers. 12,726 to be exact.

    That's a lot of bombers. 12,726 to be exact.

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  5. 5) What was the maximum takeoff weight of a B-17G?
    ahisgett

    65,500 pounds was the B-17G's max takeoff weight. When you think about, it's not that much. A CRJ-700 has a higher max takeoff weight of 72,750 pounds.

    65,500 pounds was the B-17G's max takeoff weight. When you think about, it's not that much. A CRJ-700 has a higher max takeoff weight of 72,750 pounds.

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  6. 6) What year was the B-17's first flight?

    That's right, the B-17's first flight was July 28, 1935.

    That's right, the B-17's first flight was July 28, 1935.

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Well, you know a few things about the B-17...

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You know your B-17s...pretty well.

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Nice work, you've got your B-17 knowledge down.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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