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B-17F Flying Fortress USAAF 303rd BG, 359th BS, "Duchess", 1944 

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Dragon Models 1:144 DRW51003
B-17F Flying Fortress USAAF 303rd BG, 359th BS, "Duchess", 1944
World War II

Historical Note:

This B-17F-25 model is christened "The Duchess", as flown by the 359th Bomb Squadron of the USAF in 1944. The bomber's fuselage and wings are made from die cast metal to add a sense of weight and realism, as well as for strength. The panel lines are delicately engraved, while machine gun turrets are reproduced to fire on enemy fighters, just like on the real plane. The landing gear is fully detailed, allowing the option of displaying the plane in either a taxiing or flying mode. A bombing mode is even possible, as the bomb doors can be displayed open when optional parts are used. The B-17 was the first mass-produced, four-engine heavy bomber, and it flew countless raids against German and Japanese targets during WWII. The term "Flying Fortress" was coined by a reporter from the Seattle Times when a B-17 rolled out replete with its phalanx of machine gun installations. The B-17 was a tough bomber, though it was not until the advent of P-51 Mustang fighter escorts that it reached its full strategic potential. Please note: Unlike other models in the Dragon Warbirds 1:144 series, this model is made from a combination of diecast metal and plastic components.

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  1. the duchess 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jun 2013

    Fair price for this plane, The main reason Aiken's Airplanes gets high marks is the fact that this plane was hard to find. They were the only one I could find who carried it. Thanks again! sincerely Louise

  2. The Duchess falls behind 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Sep 2012

    This is still a very reasonable reproduction of a B-17F, but is not quite up to the standards of some other replicas. The nose guns and waist guns are missing and the other proteuding items in the nose area are missing as well. Nice bombay option and good paint job. Just a 4 among 5's.