One of America's new warships of the air, a mighty YB-17 bomber, is pulled up at a bombardment squadron hangar, Langley Field, Va. It is all set to taxi out to a runway and take off (LOC)

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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.

One of America's new warships of the air, a mighty YB-17 bomber, is pulled up at a bombardment squadron hangar, Langley Field, Va. It is all set to taxi out to a runway and take off

1942 May

1 transparency : color.

Notes:
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Subjects:
United States--Army
World War, 1939-1945
Bombers
Air bases
Langley Air Force Base (Va.)
United States--Virginia--Hampton

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-31 (DLC) 93845501

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Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a35096

Call Number: LC-USW36-991

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  1. perfgeek 88 months ago | reply

    Was it really still being called the YB-17 in 1942?

  2. Szmytke 88 months ago | reply

    It would be specific to the aircraft in this pic which is a Y1B-17, identifiable by the visible lack of armament, bubble blister in the nose glazing, no dorsal or ventral turrets.
    It could be a 17or 17B , the only difference is turbochargers, so I suspect this is an non turbocharged aircraft

  3. Szmytke 88 months ago | reply

    Twelve Y1B-17 were delivered between January and August 1937, equiping the USAAC's 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, Virginia. The 13th test bed model was redesignated Y1B-17A and provided with GR-1820-51 engines with General Electric turbocharger (supercharger powered by a turbine driven by exhaust gas). It flew for the first time on 29 April 1938 and subsequent testing gave proof of the superiority of the supercharged engine over normally aspirated ones and such engines were to become standard.
    The YB-17's were designated B-17 by the 2nd Bombardment group at this point.
    There was great political tension between the Army and the Navy at this point after the interception of the Italian liner "Rex" which goes a long way to explaining why the USAAC had only 30 on the books when war broke out in Europe.
    The order for Y1B-17 was followed by a contract for 39 B-17B's (same as the turbocharged Y1B-17A) which were all delivered by March 1940.
    The B-17C, with uprated R-1820-65 engines and an increase from 5 to 7 guns were first ordered in 1939, and the first of 38 models flew in July 1940.

  4. Mitchel25J (10 million + Views Thank You ) 88 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called B-17 Flying Fortress, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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