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Lot #148
World War II: B-17 Flying Fortress Production Illustration

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Original World War II-dated production illustration for the B-17 Flying Fortress, 16.5 x 11, produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company of Long Beach, California, dated February 1942 and numbered “5144000,” and depicting a "Major Assembly Breakdown” of a “B-17F” in a detailed exploded view of its 134 parts, which are itemized in a list on the right side. Included with the diagram is a copy of “B-17F Published Schedule No. 87,” Issue No. 3, revised June 17, 1942, 16.75 x 11, which features a “Schedule Flow Chart of Assemblies and Installations, Star and Finish, 41st Plane Only.” In overall fine condition, with vertical folds and light toning.

Douglas built a total of 605 B-17 F Flying Fortresses in their $12 million facility. B-17F production was coordinated by Boeing with Douglas and Lockheed's Vega subsidiary through the BDV committee, which provided example aircraft and blueprints and tracked all of the various aircraft modifications so the B-17 could be properly serviced in the field. Boeing, Vega and Douglas made 3405 B-17Fs, the second most produced model.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Science and Technology
  • Dates: #650 - Ended December 15, 2022