Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Recognition for Essex’s only long-term heavy bomber base

A new interpretation board has been erected to recognise the former RAF airfield at Ridgewell, Essex’s only long-term heavy bomber base during World War Two

B-17 'Sally B' grounding lifted

Historic bomber to return to display circuit after successful airframe inspections

Fears allayed after B-17 flies again following spar inspection

Commemorative Air Force’s ‘Sentimental Journey’ becomes first Flying Fortress to take to the air following airworthiness directive

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Memphis Belle: sorting fact from legend

On the same day as the Ruhr dams raid ended, the captain of B-17F Flying Fortress Memphis Belle completed his 25th mission. The famous bomber itself did so two days later. How did the two reach those milestones — and did any other 8th Air Force ‘heavies’ get there first?

‘Sally B’ to be temporarily grounded

A statement has been issued by B-17 operator Ellie Sallingboe in the wake of recent wing spar issues effecting US-based aircraft

What’s happening with the world’s oldest B-17?

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is to recommence the restoration/conservation of ‘The Swoose’...

 ‘Yankee Lady’ grounded… could other B-17s follow?

It was announced on April 16 that the Yankee Air Museum had opted to “proactively cease flight operations of the B-17G Flying Fortress

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Former RAF pilot's secret 1958 arms mission in battered B-17

In the April 1988 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, former RAF and Israeli Air Force pilot Gordon Levett recalled a secret 1958 attempt to fly arms from Israel to the West Indies in an ageing B-17

Flying Fortress makes road journey

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-85740 (N5017N) Aluminium Overcast has returned to its Wittman, Oshkosh home in Wisconsin by road

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‘The War Lover’ – B-17s and a Hollywood icon

Sixty years ago a trio of B-17s took part in a movie that was not well received at the time but came to be regarded as a gem – as Ken Ellis describes