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Air Force 1 Smithsonian Series A00147A
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Diecast Model
USAAF 379th BG, 524th BS, #42-32024 Swamp Fire, RAF Kimbolton, England, April 1944

1:200 Scale   Length   Width
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress   4.5"   6.25"

B-17G #42-32024 was delivered to the 524th Bombardment Squadron of the 379th Bombardment Group in February 1944 an was given the name "Swamp Fire". The 379th flew more sorties than any other Bomb Group in the Eighth Air Force and dropped a greater bomb tonnage than any other Group. Swamp Fire was flown by forty different crews during the course of 1944, and became was the first Heavy Bomber in the group to fly 100 Missions without an abort. By late October 1944, crews commented: "After a new nose and tail section, a new ball turret, 16 engine changes, three wing replacements and over 1000 bullet and flak hole patches, there's not much of the original plane left!" Swamp Fire eventually returned to the U.S. in July 1945 and was sold for scrap later that year.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

Designed to meet a US Army Air Corps requirement for a multi-engined bomber to replace the B-10, the B-17 first flew on July 18, 1935. Best known for its role in the US Army Air Forces' daylight strategic bombing campaign during World War II, the B-17 could fly high and had a long range, and was capable of defending itself from enemy fighters. It was also tough, withstanding extensive battle damage, and was capable of carrying a 6,000 lb bombload. The B-17 became one of the symbols of Allied air power, equipping 32 overseas combat groups and dropping a total of 580,631 metric tons of bombs on European targets.

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Air Force 1 Smithsonian Series

The Air Force 1 "Smithsonian Series" presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Air Force 1 Smithsonian Series diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Authentic markings and placard details.
  • Rotating propellers.
  • Metal presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Permanently extended or retracted landing gear (see photos).

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