Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
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
Commemorative Air Force’s ‘Sentimental Journey’ becomes first Flying Fortress to take to the air following airworthiness directive
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?
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