B17 (Civ5)

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Game InfoEdit

Unique bomber unit of the American civilization. Replaces the Bomber. Requires 20xOil Oil.

  • Special abilities:
    • Siege I promotion
    • Evasion promotion
  • Special traits:
    • Extra strength (70 vs. 65)
  • Actions:
    • Rebase Mode: Order the air unit to rebase to another city or a Carrier.


The B17 is a legendary bomber from the Second World War, used to bombard cities and strategic objectives. They are very difficult to bring down due to their superior defensive abilities when compared to ordinary Bombers.

Air battles between Japan and America in the late game can turn out to be very interesting, throwing the only two airborne special units against each other! 

Historical InfoEdit

The Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" was a heavy bomber aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Equipped with four engines, numerous gun emplacements and a superior "flight ceiling," the B-17 was the favorite bomber of the US Air Corps, despite its inferior range and bombload to the B24 Liberator, primarily because of its ability to sustain heavy damage and still bring its crew back home alive.

Initially used in risky daylight raids against targets in Germany, the B-17 sustained crippling casualties from the Luftwaffe fighters. As the war progressed and the Allies designed fighters capable of escorting the bombers into enemy territory, the B-17's raids became more successful, doing crippling damage to German industry and cities.

Over 12,000 B-17s were constructed during World War II and approximately a third of them were lost in combat.

Related achievements

Steam achievement Flying Fortress (Civ5)
Flying Fortress
Bomb an enemy city with a B-17.

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