It is rare that an individual aicraft becomes famous and even more rare that a film is made about a certain aircraft, the Memphis Belle and her crew were to "star" in no less than 2 movies, making this B-17 probably the most widely known individual military aircraft. More importantly, this aircraft became a beacon of hope in the dark days of 1943 as it was the first Flying Fortress to successfully complete 25 missions with her crew unscathed. The aircraft and crew were sent back to the US from the ETO to raise war bonds and of course moral, they recieved a hero's welcome and a legend was born.
This huge plug and fly B-17 is very simple and fast to assemble, with all servo's & ESC's pre-installed. It is made from EPO foam, so it is tough as you would exepect and as the 1pc wing is removable, it is also practical. The pre-fitted electric retracts & wheels are large enough to tackle almost any surface and with plenty of power on tap from the four brushless motors spinning counter-rotating props, smooth take off's are a synch, the pre-fitted split flaps ensure that landings are also drama free.
There is plenty of scale detail on offer, including the guns & ball turret, the Pratt & Whittney "engines", three blade scale props, working navigation & landing lights and so on. We have flown this B-17 extensively, it is easy to fly and so graceful, a scale flyers dream, this model has real presence in the air and is bound to become a star at your airfield!
Flying Weight: 2750g
4 x 700kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
4 x 20A ESC
6 x 9g Servo
2 x spare propeller
Parallel Leads for ESC/Lipoly
7 Channel Transmitter and Receiver
2 x 3S 11.1V 2200mAh~3000mAh Lipoly Battery
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the then-United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). 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.
The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force based at Thorpe Abbotts airfield in England and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in Operation Pointblank to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for Operation Overlord. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.
From its pre-war inception, the USAAC (later USAAF) touted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to defend itself, and to return home despite extensive battle damage. It quickly took on mythic proportions, and widely circulated stories and photos of B-17s surviving battle damage increased its iconic status. With a service ceiling greater than any of its Allied contemporaries, the B-17 established itself as an effective weapons system, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million metric tons of bombs dropped on Germany by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s.