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B-17G Flying Fortress - "Bit O` Lace," 447th BG, 8th AF, 1945 

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B-17G Flying Fortress - "Bit O` Lace," 447th BG, 8th AF, 1945

Historical Note:

The latest from Aiken's Airplanes! This 1/72 scale, die cast replica beautifully resembles “A Bit O’ Lace,” a B-17G Flying Fortress with the 447th Bomb Group that flew lead on many raids deep into Nazi-occupied territory during World War II. A real stunner, she wears sultry pin-up nose art based on artist Milt Caniff’s “Miss Lace” comic strip personality, and features a well-equipped cockpit with glazed windows, detailed gunner stations, and intricate landing gear. Mounted on the metal display stand, she becomes the crowning piece in any collection. “A Bit O’ Lace” is in limited supply and will be available in August from Aiken's Airplanes, so don’t miss out!
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the 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 exceeded 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 many airfields in southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.
Info: B-17G Flying Fortress - "Bit O' Lace," 447th BG, 8th AF, 1945
General characteristics
Crew: 10: Pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier/nose gunner, flight engineer/top turret gunner, radio operator, waist gunners (2), ball turret gunner, tail gunner[202]
Length: 74 ft 4 in (22.66 m)
Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in (31.62 m)
Height: 19 ft 1 in (5.82 m)
Wing area: 1,420 sq ft (131.92 m2)
Airfoil: NACA 0018 / NACA 0010
Aspect ratio: 7.57
Empty weight: 36,135 lb (16,391 kg)
Loaded weight: 54,000 lb (24,500 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 65,500 lb (29,700 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Wright R-1820-97 "Cyclone" turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each
Maximum speed: 287 mph (249 kn, 462 km/h)
Cruise speed: 182 mph (158 kn, 293 km/h)
Range: 2,000 mi (1,738 nmi, 3,219 km) with 2,700 kg (6,000 lb) bombload
Service ceiling: 35,600 ft (10,850 m)
Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)
Wing loading: 38.0 lb/sq ft (185.7 kg/m2)
Power/mass: 0.089 hp/lb (150 W/kg)
Guns: 13 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in 8 positions (2 in the Bendix chin turret, 2 on nose cheeks, 2 staggered waist guns, 2 in upper Sperry turret, 2 in Sperry ball turret in belly, 2 in the tail and one firing upwards from radio compartment behind bomb bay)
Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
Long range missions (≈800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)
Overload: 17,600 lb (7,800 kg)

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  1. B-17G lands safely 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2016

    This is a well balanced weighty bomber that holds fast onto her display stand. Mine is displayed landing gear down coming in for a landing and mounted on the stand. I take issue with the thirteen protruding appendages that are the machine guns that tend to brake off. I have lost one of thirteen so far. The landing gear doesn't snug tightly. Overall "Bit O' Lace" has so much detail going for herself, beautiful paint scheme, and her wear patterns are right on

  2. A B-17 in 1/72 scale that has open cowl flaps 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Sep 2016

    This is an excellent 1/72 model of a B-17G. I am not sure I would display
    the model on the stand. The model is heavy and I not sure the included stand would support it. I prefer wheels down away.

    My only other complaint is that the top turret bracing is too light and difficult
    to see.