A flying fortress of LEGO bricks

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft that played a key role for the Allies in World War II. When the prototype B-17 first flew in 1935, a reporter for the Seattle Times was watching and coined the name “Flying Fortress” with his comment, “Why, it’s a flying fortress!” The B-17 was mainly used in the strategic bombing campaign of World War II. PlaneBricks has built a fantastic LEGO version of this famous bomber, complete with the machine guns poking out of clear ‘blisters’ to allow bombardiers and gunners to visualise their targets.

B-17G Flying Fortress

This fantastic model doesn’t just look the part — the tail section has moving flaps and the top section of the fuselage can be lifted to allow PlaneBrick’s engineering skills to be admired from the inside out.

B-17G Flying Fortress

B-17G Flying Fortress

There is a rather harrowing statistic entwined with B-17 history, as out of the 12,731 aircraft produced by Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed from 1936 until 1945, 8,000 were lost in either combat operations or training accidents.

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