Jack Bally, a Vietnam War veteran, enlisted the help of an aerospace engineer to build a 1/3 scale B-17 Bomber that can actually fly. This four-engine aircraft boasts retractable landing gear and is constructed with all riveted aluminum construction to give it a more authentic look.
This wasn’t a walk in the park, as it took Jack around 17-years, or 40,000 hours, to complete and made its public debut at the 2018 EAA AirVenture air show. It’s powered by four Hirth F-30 two-stroke four cylinder air-cooled boxer engines making 60 horsepower each for a total output of 240 horsepower. Just how big is it? The aircraft has a 34-feet, 7 inch wingspan and weighs in at 1,800 pounds empty.
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He said, I’m going to build a B-17 bomber. I said, yeah, right…Well, let’s see what you got going. So, we went up to his house and by golly he had all the plans, and what he was going to do, and had it started. I was just amazed at it,” said Richard Kosi, Bally’s friend.