Specifications (B-17G) Note: 97th BG flew B-17 E and F primarily.

Data from The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft[25]

General characteristics

        Crew: 10: Pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier/nose gunner, flight engineer-top turret gunner, radio operator, waist gunners (2), ball turret gunner, tail gunner[114]

        Length: 74 ft 4 in (22.66 m)

        Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in (31.62 m)

        Height: 19 ft 1 in (5.82 m)

        Wing area: 1,420 ft (131.92 m)

        Airfoil: NACA 0018 / NACA 0010

        Empty weight: 36,135 lb (16,391 kg)

        Loaded weight: 54,000 lb (24,495 kg)

        Max takeoff weight: 65,500 lb (29710 kg)

        Powerplant: 4 Wright R-1820-97 "Cyclone" turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each

Performance

        Maximum speed: 287 mph (249 knots, 462 km/h)

        Cruise speed: 182 mph (158 knots, 293 km/h)

        Range: 1,738 nmi (2,000 mi, 3,219 km) with 2,722 kg (6,000 lb) bombload

        Service ceiling: 35,600 ft (10,850 m)

        Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)

        Wing loading: 38.0 lb/ft (185.7 kg/m)

        Power/mass: 0.089 hp/lb (150 W/kg)

Armament

        Guns: 13 M2 Browning .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns in twin turrets, plus single dorsal, fore and aft beam positions (with optional extra nose armament fitted in glazed nose).

        Bombs: Although it theoretically could carry 17,417 lb (7900 kg) of bombs, the B-17 rarely flew combat missions with more than 5,071 lb (2300 kg). [citation needed]

o       Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)

o       Long range missions (≈800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)

 

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