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The B-17 was designed in response to a 1934 U.S. Army Air Corp (USAAC) request for a "multi-engine" bomber. Because the Army anticipated twin-engined designs and was not ready to fund four-engine bomber development, the B-17's twin-engine competitor (the B-18) was purchased.

With the B-24 Liberator and B-29 Superfortress, the B-17 was the U.S. Army's strategic bombing arm of World War II. Twelve O'Clock High

     
Specifications (B-17G)

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Type: Bomber
Engines: four 1,200 hp (895 kW) turbocharged Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone radial piston engines
Model 299: Boeing model number
B-17: U.S. Army bomber version
B-40: U.S. Army bomber escort. Carried extra turret and ammo in lieu of bombs
BQ-7: U.S. Army pilotless flying bomb
CB-17: U.S. Army staff transport
DB-17: U.S. Army drone director
F-9: U.S. Army photo reconnaissance version
PB-1: U.S. Navy ASW/AEW version/U.S. Coast Guard SAR
QB-17: target drones
SR-17: U.S. Air Force SAR version
VB-17: U.S. Army VIP transport
Y1B-17: U.S. Army service test version
Fortress: Royal Air Force designation
     

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