On paper, the B-24 was a better aircraft than the B-17. But as is the case with architecture, function alone does not determine what we remember. That is why we remember the Flying Fortress and not the Flying Boxcar.

The transcript for the episode can be found here

If you want to learn more, here are some links to follow:

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney’s Der Fuehrer's Face and Victory Through Air Power

Twelve O’clock High

The War Lover

Memphis Belle (1943)

Memphis Belle (1990)

Artwork by Mel Brown

Parham Airfield Museum

Special Thanks to:

Theodore Kirkpatrick

The Commemorative Air Force Gulf Coast Wing

John Cotter

Jeff Foltz

Nancy Kwiecien

Ole Nygren

Voice work by Michael Corley  

Music by Chris Zabriskie

Logo by Julie Pizzo Wood

And as promised, here's a slideshow of B-17s and B-24s: