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Boeing B-17 (Paperback)

The Fifteen Ton Flying Fortress

Aviation Photographic Books

By Harry Friedman, Graham M. Simons
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 480 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399002714
Published: 17th November 2020

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The Boeing B-17 was the first American heavy bomber to see action in World War when it was supplied to the RAF. The design originated in 1934 when the US Air Corps was looking for a heavy bomber to reinforce their air forces in Hawaii, Panama and Alaska. For its time, the design included many advanced features and Boeing continued to develop the aircraft as experience of the demands of long distance flying at high altitude was gained. When the USA entered WWII production of the aircraft was rapidly increased and it became the backbone of the USAAF in all theatres of war. This book describes how it was built and utilizes many hitherto unpublished photographs from the design studio and production lines. It illustrates and explains the many different roles that the aircraft took as the war progressed. Heavy bomber, reconnaissance, anti-submarine and air-sea rescue operations there were few tasks that this solid design could not adopt

A fascinating insight into the early development of the B-17 Flying Fortress and all its variants and subsequent modifications. It contains so much in depth detail from many source documents; I would suggest that it undoubtedly outshines other books on this significant ww2 aircraft.

Air Mail

It's an interesting if highly technical book that kills off a few myths.

Dover Express & Ashford Herald

For a modest price, this makes a very useful handbook on the B-17 and its many variants anscan be recommended.

Aeromilitaria - Winter 2011

This impressively researched book...offers a fresh approach...to help recount the type's undoubted achievements alongside certain short comings.

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 Graham M. Simons

About Graham M. Simons

GRAHAM M. SIMONS was one of the founders of the world-famous aviation museum at Duxford near Cambridge where his interest was piqued watching the making of the film Battle of Britain there in the late 1960s. From this, and with an engineering background, he progressed to membership of a number of aviation societies, including sitting on the British Aviation Preservation Council, eventually taking the position of Engineering Director with one group. Graham combines his love of writing with his skills in production to create and publish aviation histories focused on a variety of subjects.

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