28
Mar
09

A-17/8A Light Attack Bomber

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Developed by Northrop the A-17/8A served primarily in foreign air services.  The United States Army Air Corps, being influenced by events in Europe and Asia, wanted long range heavy bombers capable of attacking European and Asian targets.  The A-17 had several unique and innovative features, such as the split perforated flaps seen extending down from the wings.  The enclosed canopy added protection for the pilot and the navigator/bombardier/radioman in the backseat.  This particular A-17 is the only known plane of its type known to exist and can be found at National Museum of the US Air Force  in Dayton, Ohio

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For more information on this airplane see: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=343

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