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Inside a World War II B-17 airplane

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MANASSAS, Va. (CIRCA) - The B-17 aircraft was one of the most recognizable heavy bombers of World War II.

Inside a WWII B-17 aircraft

Nearly 13,000 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers were produced as part of the massive WWII military build-up.

Because of their long-range capability, they were known for flying into battle with no fighter escort.

There are fewer than 15 B-17s still airworthy; many of the aircraft were cut up for scrap after the war.

The Experimental Aircraft Association has restored a B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast. This aircraft was delivered too late to see action in World War II. It was used as a cargo hauler and an aerial mapping platform.

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