Aeroplane Heaven's B-17 collection includes the famous 'Memphis Belle', B-17F25 'Hell's Angels', 'Miami Clipper', 'Blonde Bomber', B-17F30 'The 8 Ball', 'Black Jack', 'Birmingham Blitzkrieg' and 'Wulf Hund', and a fictional B17F-20 'Bare Metal'.
A massive amount of detail has been included yet frame rates are high for smooth flying on all but the slowest computers. Even the diamond treads are bump-cut into the tyres! A fully functional cockpit includes authentic start procedures and engine management including the turbo-superchargers. You also have a choice of conventional flood or ultraviolet lighting at night.
From the fully detailed nose section to the animated tail-gunner, this package really does do homage to one of history’s most illustrious icons and an aviation legend.
NINE LIVERIES AND PAINTKIT
'Memphis Belle' survived the war and most recently has been taken in for restoration by the United States Air Force Museum. Sadly, the original 'Belle' had been the subject of vandalism over the years and the bulk of her original equipment and fittings removed. However, the Museum with the assistance of the 'Memphis Belle' Association have been able to put her back on track to full restoration to how she was when she arrived in the States for her War Bond tour.
'Hell’s Angels' was a B17F-25 and actually completed her 25 missions ahead of 'Memphis Belle'. She was in fact the first 8th Air Force B-17 to do so.
'Miami Clipper' flew back to the U.S in 1944 and 'Blonde Bomber' flew its last mission in January 1944 when it was shot down over Western Germany.
'The 8 Ball'
Completing the line-up is 'Bare Metal', a fictional B17F-20 finished in unpainted aluminium. Although this never happened for the early models, it gives a taste of how they might have looked fresh from the factory before the drab green was applied.
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