How many B-17 bombers are still flying?
Many surviving examples are painted to represent actual planes that flew in combat. Today, 46 planes survive in complete form, 10 of which are airworthy, and 39 of which reside in the United States.
How many B-17s were shot down?
The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of approximately 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Nazi Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, over 640 000 tons (42.6%) were dropped from B-17s….Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.
|B-17 Flying Fortress|
|Developed into||Boeing 307 Stratoliner|
How many bombs could a B-17 carry?
|First flight||July 28, 1935 (prototype)|
|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|
Are any of the Memphis Belle crew alive?
Robert Hanson, the last surviving crew member of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 bomber of World War Two, has died of congestive heart failure. He was 85. Hanson and his wife, Irene, had moved from Arizona to Albuquerque recently to be close to their daughter.
Why was the B-24 called the flying coffin?
The four-engine aircraft was notorious among aircrews. Officially designated the “Liberator,” the square shaped B-24 could easily turn into a death trap. It was hard to fly with its stiff and heavy controls, and so earned its name by its crews as the “Flying Coffin.”
Who makes Mitsubishi MU 2 turboprops?
Among its many other accomplishments, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries manufactured the light, twin-engine business turboprop MU 2 well into the 1980s. Many pre-owned models remain for sale.
What is the Mitsubishi Regional Jet?
In 2008, MHI launched a subsidiary called Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation to develop and manufacture the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a regional airliner ranging from 70 to 90 seats that’s expected for delivery in mid-2020.
When did Mitsubishi Heavy Industries split into two companies?
In 1950, the company was split into three companies, which were consolidated again in 1964 as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Today, the company belongs to the Mitsubishi Group and develops and manufactures components for various aircraft, including Boeing models.
What is the Mitsubishi SpaceJet?
The Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft is designed to target the underserved regional jet market. It brings enhanced passenger satisfaction and more profit potential for airlines: a paradigm shift for the regional market.