Battle Stations: B-17 Flying Fortress

Battle Stations: B-17 Flying Fortress

Posted On: February 9, 2012
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Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and more than met the Air Corps’ expectations.

Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the Air Corps was so impressed with Boeing’s design that they ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation.

From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.