B-17 Pilot's compartment -- to think this is where my grandfather sat and flew over enemy territory while under attack just blows my mind!

Cutaway art of the nose of a B17...

A Boeing B-17 bomber. This bomber promised to provide the technical capability to implement the Air Corps Tactical School's doctrine.[12

The Boeing Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC).

The B-17 'Flying Fortress' an awesome bird from another era.

There are actually only less than a handful of that can still fly today. Cant wait to fly in one in a few weeks! The 'Flying Fortress' an awesome bird from another era.

The B-17 was famous for her durability and survivability. Here one B-17 of the 100th Bomber Squadron of the USAAF rests in an English airfield after being severely damaged by flack over Frankfurt. She was eventually repaired and returned to normal duty, 1944.

‘Hang the Expense III’ pictured after being hit by flak over Frankfurt on 24 January The explosion blew the tail gunner, S/Sgt Roy Urich, out of the He survived, unhurt: other crews recall seeing him falling through formations of still sitting on his seat

An American B-17G being loaded & inspected for her next mission.

Boeing Flying Fortress being loaded & inspected for her next mission.

"Thunderbird" and "Liberty Belle": A pair of historic B-17 Flying Fortresses in flight.

America’s manufacturers in World War II were engaged in the greatest industrial effort in history. Aircraft companies went from building a handful of planes at…

B17 (My Uncle was an engineer on one of these planes. Shot down. hid, POW,  freed -camp saved-sent to a "butterball" US hospital camp to recover from near starvation. {butterball may be a term our family used??} He made it home! I am getting correct info. and will repin then. He lived into his early 90's. NEVER used derogatory terms about the then enemy. A real gentleman. More asap  K)

The organised formation of the bomber planes high above ground are a completely different picture to the fire and confusion going on where the bombs hit and this is a very good example of order and disorder in war.

German pilot escorts a badly shot up B-17 out of German territory and out to sea and safety. Years later, German Bf 109 Ace pilot Franz Stigler and B-17 pilot Charlie Brown finally meet in person.

German pilot in WWII spared an American pilot over Germany only to reunite 40 years later and become fishing buddies - WAR HISTORY ONLINE

B-17 Flying Fortress - The American plane of WWII. To see one of these planes actually take off, fly, and land is truly a magnificent experience. I had the good luck to see the Collings Foundation air show in Falmouth, MA a few years ago, and was spellbound by this wonderful aircraft.

Flying Fortress - The American plane of WWII. To see one of these planes actually take off, fly, and land is truly a magnificent experience.

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