I think this was Jeff’s first post as a blogger. Looking at his B-17 photos was a mesmerizing experience.
YB-17’s are distinguished by the small ball turret for the .30 gun in the nose. Note the high reflectivity of the Aluminum skin. (U.S. Air Force photo)
13 YB-17’s were produced, S/N 36-149 through 36-161. Not many, but enough for the USAAC to begin to develop tactics and gain experience in heavy bomber operations. The Army was well aware of the public relations value of these aircraft and they were the focus of many newsreels and photographs.
An outstanding series of color photographs of B-17B’s was shot for Life Magazine at March Field. Modelers should note the pristine condition of the markings and overall cleanliness of these aircraft. Little weathering is evident.
39 B-17B serial numbers were divided into five batches because of budgetary reasons. S/N 38-211 through 38-223; 38-258 through 38-270 ; 38-583 through 38-584 ; 38-610 ; and 39-1 through 39-10.
Note the high reflectivity of the polished Aluminum fuselage. Duplicating this is a challenge for…
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