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B-17G Flying Fortress, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, McMinnville, OR
USA

The Boeing B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ is a World War II bomber that was used primarily in Europe. B-17s from the Eighth Air Force participated in countless missions from bases in England. These missions often lasted for more than eight hours and struck at targets deep within enemy territory. Because of their long-range capability, formations of B-17s often flew into battle with no fighter escort, relying on their own defensive capabilities to insure a successful mission. The B-17 received the name ‘Flying Fortress’ from a Seattle reporter who commented on its defensive firepower. A Douglas A-26C Invader sits nearby.

Copyright: Bill Edwards
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15016x7508
Taken: 02/06/2013
Uploaded: 08/06/2013
Updated: 06/04/2015
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Tags: mcminnville; oregon; aircraft; airplane; aviation; evergreen; museum; flight; b-17; boeing; flying fortress; douglas; a-26c invader; bomber
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