What guns were on a B-17?

What guns were on a B-17?

What guns were on a B-17?

The B-17’s armament consisted of five . 30 caliber (7.62 mm) machine guns, with a payload up to 4,800 lb (2,200 kg) of bombs on two racks in the bomb bay behind the cockpit. The aircraft was powered by four Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet radial engines, each producing 750 hp (600 kW) at 7,000 ft (2,100 m).

How many guns did the B-17 Flying Fortress have?

Technical Specifications

First flight July 28, 1935 (prototype)
Ceiling 35,600 feet
Power Four 1,200-horsepower Wright R-1820-97 engines
Accommodation 2 pilots, bombardier, navigator, radio-operator, 5 gunners
Armament 11 to 13 machine guns, 9,600-pound bomb load

What did the B-17 do?

Developed by the Boeing Company in the 1930s, the B-17 was a four‑engine heavy bomber aircraft used by the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. It was a very effective weapons system, dropping more bombs during the war than any other American aircraft.

What replaced the B-29?

A strategic reconnaissance version of the B-50B, the RB-50, was developed in 1949 to replace the aging RB-29s used by SAC in its intelligence gathering operations against the Soviet Union. In 1953 the Air Force started replacing its aging WB-29 weather reconnaissance aircraft with modified B-50Ds.

Where are the waist gunners on a B-17?

In all the models of the B-17 except the “G”, both waist gunners were directly opposite one another. This made maneuvering inside the tight confined of the aircraft difficult.

What was the B-17 called in World War 2?

Bristling with machine guns manned by trained aerial machine gunners, the B-17 was described by a reporter as a “Flying Fortress” when it was first unveiled, and Boeing quickly adopted and trademarked the nickname. A B-17 waist gunner. Flickr

What kind of tail gun did the B-17 have?

The B-17 (left) had hand-operated tail guns with a limited field of fire while the B-24 (right) had a powered tail turret that covered a wide area. In May 1943, enemy flak and fighters set ball turret gunner SSgt Maynard Smith’s B-17 afire over Brest, France.

What happens to a gunner in a B-17 bomber?

Often the gunners would accidentally unplug one another from the plane’s oxygen system. If this went un-noticed during combat, the affected gunner would first get dizzy then pass out. If oxygen was not restored quickly, he would turn black and die from anoxia, a lack of oxygen.