Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 533rd Bombardment Squadron (USAAF/Commemorative Air Force) 1:144 Scale Model By Atlas Editions
- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Stand included
- Measures 6.25” L x 8.75” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). The B-17 was primarily employed by the USAAC in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy were the primary major commands responsible for employing the B-17 in Europe.
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.
The B-17’s first flight was July 28, 1935. It was introduced into service in April 1938 and was last retired the Brazilian Air Force in 1968. A total of 12,731 B-17’s were built.
This model represents a B-17G from the 533rd Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force. The squadron and was based in England from May 1943 to the end of World War II. The 533rd participated in many campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. The 533rd BS also bombed targets in support of the Battle of the Bulge.
The Commemorative Air Force based in Midland TX, restored a B17G “Texas Raiders” to match the markings of a B-17G from the 533rd BS as it would have appeared during World War II. “Texas Raiders” is one of the few remaining flying B-17’s and can been seen at air shows throughout the Texas region
This B-17G is an excellent addition to your model aircraft collection.