Vapor trails are left behind as Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses fly over Europe. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17s were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every WW II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Production ended in May, 1945 and totaled 12,726 aircraft..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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Vapor trails are left behind as Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses fly over Europe. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935. Few B-17s were in service on December 7, 1941, but production quickly accelerated. The aircraft served in every WW II combat zone, but is best known for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets. Production ended in May, 1945 and totaled 12,726 aircraft..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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