Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress – Mount ‘N’ Ride, 91st BG USAAF, RAF Bassingbourn 1944. With Nose Art Panel
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US33308: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Mount ‘N’ Ride of the 91st BG, 323rd BS, USAAF, RAF Bassingbourn, England, April 1944. Complete with large scale Nose Art Panel. Limited Edition of 1,260 Pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has a light crush to the lower right corner. Model is new
This aircraft was quickly adorned with artwork by the 91st BG’s prolific and famous Tony Starcer. His painting was based on a calendar girl, placed against a mountainous backdrop, and accompanied by the audacious titling “Mount ‘N’ Ride!”
During WW2, young airmen separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life often sought ways of escaping the harsh reality of war by personalising their aircraft with what has become known as nose art. Humour, slogans, nicknames, cartoons, girls; all were used to bring a touch of light relief to their deadly day-to-day existence. The Corgi Nose Art range aims to capture some of the superb works of art that adorned aircraft on all sides of the conflict. Each model includes a diecast body panel featuring the art in colourful, large-scale detail.
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.
As of 2020, 46 B-17 airframes survive, of which 10 remain airworthy