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Question 1 of 8
What bomber was nicknamed “The Flying Fortress”?
... The B-17 initially was armed with five machine guns and could carry a 2,000-pound bomb load. That was enough killing power to earn it the nickname “The Flying Fortress.”
Question 2 of 8
The B-17 was armed to the teeth, but being that heavily gunned came with some trade-offs. What were they?
... Despite these setbacks/hindrances, the B-17 became an icon to the American public and was loved by all its crews.
Question 3 of 8
B-17 crews loved the bomber not just because it was delightful to fly, but also because…
... The B-17 was legendary for returning home after taking on damage that would have doomed other aircraft. Despite all that, during World War II over 5,500 B-17s were lost and nearly 45,000 crewmen killed.
Question 4 of 8
Having four engines on the B-17 was a significant step forward for military technology.
... It was a major advance. When the B-17 was designed, if you saw the words "multi-engine" in a specification it meant "twin-engine."
Question 5 of 8
The B-17 dropped more bombs during World War II than any other aircraft.
... The Boeing B-17 spearheaded the USAAF U.S. Army Air Corp's doctrine that formations of heavily armed bombers could fight their way through enemy fighters and carry out their missions.
Question 6 of 8
Who holds the record for heavy bomber combat missions?
... Lt. Col. Immanuel J. Klette, also known as Manny Klette, flew 91 combat missions in all. That’s more than any bomber pilot in the U.S. Eighth Air Force.
Question 7 of 8
Who designed the B-17?
... Boeing's design beat out the Douglas DB-1 and Martin Model 146 for the contract to make the U.S. Army Air Corps’ new plane.
Question 8 of 8
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry flew B-17s in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
... Roddenberry flew with the 394th Bomb Squadron, also known as the "Bomber Barons." He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.