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Walk Around: B-17 Flying Fortress Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Squadron / Signal Publications; First Edition edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897473973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897473972
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Butch on February 3, 2013
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The best way to see a B17 is in person with a guide. The second best way is with a book like this.
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Michael O'Connor writes a great review. I have relied on his words to make many of my Amazon purchases and I believe that this volume that I recently purchased is no exception! The Squadron Signal Publications in my opinion are extremely valuable, concise and affordable books that help to preserve aviation history. I found absolutely no faults whatsoever in this volume. I marveled at the interior details of the B-17. I had the privilege to "walk" inside a B-17 at an airshow many years ago. I salute all those young men that went to war, spending 8 hours or more flying and fighting in such minimal, spartan confines! Add to that the sub zero temperature at high altitude, throw in some flak and a few Me 109s and Fw 190s ... I could not even conceive to attempt it! My father-in-law was a tail gunner on a B-17 and he never really talked to anyone about his experience. I think that he was extremely fortunate to have survived the kind of war that had to be fought with these bombers!B-17 Flying Fortress in Action - Aircraft No. 219 and B-17 in Action - Aircraft No. 63 are two more Squadron Signal Publications dedicated to the B-17. The B-17G model is featured in this walk around volume B-17G Flying Fortress - Walk Around No. 67. I also enjoyed reading about B-17 airmen's experiences. Sam Halpert has writtten a very good novel based on his 35+ missions as a navigator in the B-17 ...Read more ›
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By cpt matt VINE VOICE on October 15, 2011
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With 35 pages out of 80 this book in B&W, I was a bit disappointed. I can see having some of the book show original combat photos, but some of the B&W are of restored planes, these should be in color given the asking price. There are other Walk Around books that have more color than this one.

The color photos that are present are absolutely gorgeous. All aspects of the interior and exterior are well shown. The B&W WW2 photos are very good. Line drawings and cut-aways help the reader better understand the configuration of crew, weapons, and turrets. The captions are excellent & informative, Not a lot of facts, data or information on the history of the B-17, this is a visual experience.

As a modeler, I think this is an excellent book. As an aviation buff, I really enjoyed it, but for the price, it should have more color.
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After 30-odd years of viewing Boeing's Flying Fortress only in photographs or on film, my first impression on seeing a B-17 up-close was: 'Cripes, this thing is so SMALL!' Touring the inside of the aircraft only confirmed that impression; the B-17 wasn't this huge silver bird but it was a compact, functional and cramped warbird. Kneeling in the nose I remember thinking: 'My god, those guys made history in this! Wow!?!' Author/artist Lou Drendel pays tribute to the B-17G in this Squadron/Signal Walk Around, #16 in the series.

WALK AROUND 16 contains 80 pages of illustrations, the pages alternating between full color photographs/artwork and black & white shots. All of the color pages depict restored B-17s flown by EAA, Yankee Air Force, Long Star Flight Museum, etc. Most of the black & white photos are period pieces.

As always, Don Greer's artwork is absolutely super!

Bomber fans and modellers will enjoy Drendel's book; this one is a keeper!
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