The B-17 Flying Fortress, “Fuddy Duddy,” was used as a VIP transport in the Pacific at the end of World War II. It once carried General Dwight D. Eisenhower who later became the 34th President of the United States. In civilian life, it worked as a fire bomber and was occasionally used for motion picture filming, flying on screen in movies such as the 1962 Steve McQueen movie, “The War Lover” and the 1970 blockbuster, “Tora Tora Tora.”

Designed By:

Boeing Company


B-17G Flying Fortress

Army Air Corps Serial Number:


Built Under License By:

Douglas Aircraft Company

Prototype First Flight:

July 28, 1935


Ten—Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, Bombardier, Flight Engineer / Top Turret Gunner, Radio Operator, 2 Waist Gunners, Tail Gunner and Ball Turret Gunner

Delivery Date:

April 7, 1945


Four 1,200-horsepower Wright Cyclone R-1820, 9-cylinder radial piston engines driving 11 feet, 7 inches in diameter Hamilton Standard propellers


Basic Empty Weight – 34,000 pounds, Gross Weight (Wartime) – 65,500 pounds

Fuel Capacity:

1,700 gallons


1,850 miles. Range could be extended when equipped with “Tokyo Tanks” which provided a total capacity of 3,630 gallons.

Wing Span:

103 feet, 9 inches


74 feet, 4 inches


19 feet, 1 inches

Service Ceiling:

35,600 feet

Typical Armament:

Thirteen Browning M-2 .50 caliber machine guns. Fire rate approximately 13 rounds per second, per gun

Typical Bomb Load:

Maximum normal load – 8,000 pounds With special external racks, maximum normal short-range bomb load – 17,600 pounds

Number Built:

12,731, with production of the “G” Model by Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed reaching 8,680


Maximum – 300 miles per hour at 30,000 feet


447th Bomb Group