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
Memphis Belle (1943)
Memphis Belle (1990)
Special Thanks to:
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: