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Air Force 1 Aircraft (Series 2) A00110
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Diecast Model
USAAF 447th BG, 709th BS, #42-97976 A Bit O Lace, RAF Rattlesden, England, 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress   12.25"   17.25"

Male Call, created by Milt Caniff during World War II, was a popular comic strip featuring the fetching "Miss Lace," distributed exclusively to the armed forces. When the famous B-17G was received by the 447th Bomb Group in the summer of 1944, Armorer Nick Fingelly was granted permission by Caniff to paint his bomber with the iconic comic character and the "Bit O'Lace" was born. She flew 83 missions during her illustrious career, with several pilots, and retired without having aborted a single mission.

Like many high-time airframes during the war, "Bit O' Lace" received her fair share of combat damage that was hastily patched-up in time for the next mission. The lightweight, fabric-covered control surfaces were some of the most vulnerable pieces of the aircraft and therefore, were often the first casualties of flak damage. Often there was little time to re-paint any replacement parts to match the original colors of the aircraft, resulting in a battle-scarred look that only added to the mystique of an aircraft that had seen it all and lived to tell the tale!

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 Aircraft (Series 2)

The Air Force 1 range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Air Force 1 (Series 2) diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Authentic markings and placard details.
  • Metal presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.

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