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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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The B-17 "Flying Fortress" is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The first prototype of this plane flew in 1935 and production quickly grew after America entered World War II. 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 over 12,000 planes. The B-17 in this photo is registered as N900RW and flown as 238050/BN-U/Thunderbird; it's one of only about a dozen remaining airworthy B-17s.