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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft which was developed in the 1930s.
During WWII the aircraft was used mainly for daylight raids which resulted in heavy losses in the early part of the war. The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign against German industrial and military targets.
From its pre-war inception, it was touted as a strategic weapon; it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to defend itself, and to return home despite extensive battle damage.
While many B-17s were lost once a crew successfully completed 25 missions they would be sent home.
The crew of the "Memphis Belle" were the first to accomplish this, and as a result returned home to tour the nation promoting War Bonds.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen.
This is the perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!
"Memphis Belle" B-17F 1/54 Scale Model Aircraft 17"L 24" Wingspan 16" Tall