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The Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" is the most famous aircraft of the World War Two. Everyone knows her name, although this bombers surpass any other U.S. aircraft in number of units built and missions flown yet. That may have something to do with its - "Flying Fortress" - which gives the aircraft an aura of invincibility. B-17 was truly a fortress, but of course by no means invincible.

An attack on a Flying Fortress was a big risk for any fighter pilot. Unlike other types of bombers in the B-17 gradually all the blind spot had been eliminated with machine guns for the defense. Depending on the variant, the B-17 was armed with ten to thirteen 12.7 mm machine guns - any attacker expected a deadly hail of bullets. The Flying Fortress was also able to carry up to 5800 kg bombs. She was extremely popular with her ​​crews because of their durability, quiet attitude, despite their size, great maneuverability and, not the least, because they could still remain in the air with the very severe damage like no other aircraft. In total, nearly 13,000 B-17 of all variants were built.

Boeing B-17FEdit

Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress"
B17F
General Historical Information
Place of origin USA
Speed 462 km/h
Category Heavy Bomber
General Ingame Information
Debut Debut in Forgotten Hope mod
Used by USA
Bombs 12x 500kg (6.000 kg!)
Seat 2 1x 12.7 mm Twin .50 M2HB Browning
2000 rounds
Seat 3 1x 12.7 mm Twin .50 M2HB Browning
2000 rounds
Seat 4 1x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Seat 5 1x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Seat 6 1x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Historical Picture
B-17F

A single B-17 can give the ground troops of her team valuable support with carpet bombing of enemy bases and fighting enemy soldiers with her down-firing aircraft weapons. The pilot can drop only 12 bombs once before he has to return to the airfield. However, the destructive power still remains the largest among all available bombers. The pilots of attacking aircraft should beware of additional arnament at the rear, added in Forgotten Hope, which makes B-17 not an easy target for enemy fighters. Nevertheless, the gunners of B-17 should always keep an eye on the sky all around.



Boeing B-17GEdit

Boeing B-17G "Flying Fortress"
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General Historical Information
Place of origin USA
Speed 462 km/h
Category Heavy Bomber
General Ingame Information
Debut Debut in Forgotten Hope mod
Used by USA
Bombs 12x 500kg (6.000 kg!)
Seat 2 1x 12.7 mm Twin .50 M2HB Browning
2000 rounds
Seat 3 1x 12.7 mm Twin .50 M2HB Browning
2000 rounds
Seat 4 1x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Seat 5 1x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Seat 6 1x 12.7 mm .50 M2HB Browning
600 rounds
Historical Picture
B-17G

Generally considered the definitive B-17 design, all changes made in the B-17F production run were incorporated into the final version. These included a Bendix remotely operated chin turret, an innovation derived from the unsuccessful YB-40 escort version, bringing defensive armament to 13 .50 caliber (half-inch or 12.7 mm) machine guns, and for late production blocks, a revised tail gun position (referred to as the "Cheyenne" configuration after the modification center where it was introduced)[4] in which the guns were mounted in a remotely operated turret. Some 8,680 were built, and dozens were converted for several different uses.

Derived vehicles in FHSWEdit

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