have been fortunate over the
years to see a number of the surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses. Easily
well known of American heavy bombers, the B-17 served in all theaters
of WWII. There are many sites and books that show the battle-damage the
Forts could sustain and still make it home. Here are pictures of some
of the B-17s I have seen and been through. Someday I would love to get
up and fly in one.
is the B-17G "Sally B"
(F-BGSR) that resides in England, as it looked in 1986. It has since
been repainted. It is based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford,
England but is part of a private foundation. This airplane was built at
the Lockheed/Vega plant in Burbank, California late in the war and did
not see service during WWII. This is one of the airplanes featured in
the 1991 movie "Memphis Belle".
The following B-17G, "Fuddy Duddy" (N9563Z) was on loan to the EAA for
their B-17 tour after "Aluminum Overcast" was damaged in a landing
accident. This bears the markings of the 447th Bomb Group. This
airplane was used after the war as a VIP transport. Douglas MacArthur
and Dwight Eisenhower both flew in this airplane during it's time as a
VIP transport. This airplane was flown in the movie "The War Lover".
This B-17G, "Nine-O-Nine" (NL93012), is owned and operated by the
Collings Foundation. This airplane was used in atomic testing at Yucca
Flats in 1952 and was left abandoned at the site until 1965. Originally
bound for the scrap yard, it was recovered and used for spare parts
before becoming an air tanker. It was purchased by the Collings
foundation in 1985 and returned to a military configuration in about
1987. Today is bears the markings of the 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Bomb
Squadron that was based in Kimbolton, then Bassingbourn England.
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