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04-10-2004, 08:15 AM
The B-17 and B24?

Whats the diff between them?

04-10-2004, 08:15 AM
The B-17 and B24?

Whats the diff between them?

04-10-2004, 08:19 AM
Try a Google search. Lots of info to be found.

But to get you started



The B-17 was one tough bird


04-10-2004, 08:53 AM
Here's a couple of links for ya.




04-10-2004, 09:19 AM
The B-17 was the first of the USAAF's heavy daylight strategic bombers, following the formula of speed, high altitude, and lots of defensive firepower. The B-24 followed a few years later, from Convair, with their design team's spin on the same basic concept.

In practice, the major differences were that the B-24 could carry a heavier bomb load farther, higher, and faster than a B-17. Unfortuately, they were much more difficult to fly with the precision necessary for the tight formations needed to provide the mutual support that made the B-17 formations that much more dangerous to attacking fighters. This also contributed (with the eager assistance of the Axis' fighter corps) to a poorer bombing accuracy record for the B-24 Liberator.

It also appears that the B-17 was quite a bit more rugged, an individual Flying Fortress being able to take more damage and still get its crew back to base safely ('safe' being a relative term in those days) than a B-24 would be.

Finally, there is the matter of aesthetics. Most people think that the B-17 just looks better. It looks like a heavy bomber, while the B-24 looks like a cross between a Quonset hut and a flying boat.



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04-10-2004, 10:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by IZT:
The B-17 and B24?

Whats the diff between them?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Same as the diffeence between a SAAB and a Volvo, or a pen and a pencil.

Same mission, different design.

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04-10-2004, 11:30 AM
The B-24 had also a much more complex process of production, and it was much more expensive than B-17. The only advantages of Liberators were heavier payload and extended range.

And it was one of the first contracts for the rising firm Consolidated (which merged with Vultee to form Convair).

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