Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress – Sentimental Journey, Confederate Air Force (Preserved)
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33307: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey of the Confederate Air Force. Limited Edition of 1,350 Pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has a minor crush and repaired split to lower right corner. Model is new.
Sentimental Journey came off the Douglas assembly line in late 1944 and served in the Pacific. After the war, it was transferred to Elgin Field Florida for service as an air-sea rescue craft and in 1959 went into military storage at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson Arizona. It was then sold to a California corporation for service as a borate bomber, flying thousands of sorties against forest fires throughout the country. In January 1978 at the formation of the Arizona wing of the Confederate Air Force, the announcement was made of the donation of B-17G #N9323Z to the Confederate Air Force for assignment to the Arizona Wing. It was then disassembled, and painstakingly restored to its original World War II configuration.
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.