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B - 17 Flying Fortress "Hells Angels" (Large) Diecast Airplane Model by Corgi

B - 17 Flying Fortress "Hells Angels" (Large) Diecast Airplane Model by Corgi - click to enlarge
Item# AA33314
$135.00
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Product Description

The "Flying Fortress" bomber built by Boeing is one of the most famous airplanes ever made. The prototype of the B-17 first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17's were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every WW II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Production ended in May 1945 and totaled 12,726.

Boeing B17F serial number 41-24577, better known as 'Hells Angels', was the first US 8th Air Force B 17 to complete 25 missions on May 13th 1943. The following day, Captain Irl E. Baldwin the pilot of 'Hells Angels', became the first officer from the 303rd BG to complete a combat tour of 25 missions. After successfully completing 48 missions, Boeing B 17F 'Hells Angels' returned to the United States on January 20th 1944 to embark on a morale boosting tour of war production factories. When the tour finished in May 1944, 'Hells Angels' was transferred to the USAAF for use as an aircrew training aircraft before being scrapped in August 1945.



Scale: 1/72, Wingspan: 17.5"
Loose Parts: (not suitable for young children)
Fully assembled.
Rotating gun turrets
Working flaps and rudder
Working bomb bay doors with bomb load



Source and Links:
U.S.A.F. Museum
Wikipedia
Liberty Foundation's Liberty Belle
Official site of the 303rd "Hell's Angels" Bomb Group

Accessories

B -17 (Large)
Corgi
From the days when the skies were the new frontiers, the Aviation Archive charts the history of flight, commemorating significant military and civil aircraft and events from the early pioneering years to the present day.

Using original plans and rare archive material, each aircraft and livery has been carefully researched and authenticated to bring the aviation enthusiast the finest range of collectable die cast models. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the models feature rubber tires, interchangeable undercarriage, rotating propellers where applicable and high quality printed livery details. Beautifully packaged, each replica comes with a display stand, and two sets of landing gear (gear up and gear down).