Postage Stamp Collection
- Diecast model
- Highly detailed
- Display stand included
- Measures Approximately: 4.0” L x 4.75” Wingspan
- Recommended for adult hobbyist and collectors. Not a toy.
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 Daron Postage Stamp Collection 1/115 scale model is a replica of the B-17G “Nine-O-Nine” The B-17 Nine-O-Nine was named after the last three digits of her serial number: 42-31909, and is representative of the B-17's tough reputation. After joining the war in 1944, the Nine-O-Nine completed 132 consecutive missions without aborting for mechanical reasons or loss of crew, believed to be a record. In all she flew 1,129 hours and dropped 562,000 pounds of bombs before returning to the US at the end of hostilities.
The Collings Foundation currently operates a fully restored and operational B-17G in "Nine-O-Nine" colors, in honor of the veterans of the World War II. It is one of the finest B-17 restorations ever done and can be seen at the Wings of Freedom airshow that visits 120 cities nationwide.
This B-17G is an excellent addition to your diecast aircraft collection.