B-17F Flying FortressTM “Boeing Bee” (1:155) The B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s by Boeing for the United States Army Air Corps. It was a high-altitude long-range bomber used in World War II for daylight bombing raids on Nazi Germany’s industrial and military centers. Early in the war, B-17s participated in the Pacific war by attacking Japanese shipping and airfields, but their use was limited. The aircraft was reliable, effective, and developed a reputation of returning home despite extensive battle damage.
The “Boeing Bee” was built at Boeing’s Seattle Plant No.2 in 1943. It spent much of its military service in the United States in Wyoming, California, and Washington. In 1944, it left for England, where it spent three months in a non-combat role. After the war, it was used as a war memorial in Arkansas, a fire bomber, and even participated in the movie “Memphis Belle.” It came to The Museum of Flight in 1991 for restoration and is now the only flyable B-17F model left in the world.
This die-cast metal model comes in 1/155 scale and includes a plastic display stand. Model is approximately 5 1/2 inches long with 8 inch wingspan.