Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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French photo-mapping B-17s that flew on into the 1980s

As of 1960, aircraft belonging to France’s Institut Géographique National had reputedly performed photo-mapping of more than 60 per cent of the world. A fleet of B-17 Flying Fortresses contributed much to this impressive feat, and the IGN kept them operating until the eighties, from the North Pole to deepest Africa 

B-17G crash memorial ceremony

A commemorative ceremony will be held in the town of Cornebarrieu, near Toulouse in southwest France, on May 7, 2024 to remember a US Army Air Force navigator killed on a June 1944 mission.

The real ‘Masters of the Air’

With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ hugely anticipated ‘Masters of the Air’ finally hitting TV screens across the world, ‘FlyPast’ shares views captured of the ‘The Mighty Eighth’ in England while executing the daylight strategic bombing campaign across Nazi-occupied Europe.

Home needed for B-17 ‘Swamp Ghost’ artefacts

Following a recent estate settlement, several artefacts from Boeing B-17E 41-2446, the aircraft nicknamed ‘Swamp Ghost’, need a new home

Ten Horsepower remembered 80 years on

The act of heroism and bravery of the RAF Polebrook-based crew resulted in them becoming the most decorated crew in the Eighth Air Force

USAF to perform flypast over Sheffield to mark 80th anniversary of B-17 crash

The US Air Force is to conduct a flypast over Endcliffe Park in Sheffield to mark the 80th anniversary of the crash of B-17 “Mi Amigo”.

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Have you read ‘Luck of the Draw’?

In an extract from his book, ‘Luck of the Draw’: My Story of the Air War in Europe – soon to be featured in Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ hugely anticipated TV Series, Masters of the Air – former USAAF B-17 navigator and POW Frank Murphy reveals how he and his crew fought for their lives in the hostile skies of Germany during World War Two…

Watch the first trailer for war epic ‘Masters Of The Air’

Apple TV+ has unveiled the first teaser for its highly anticipated, nine-episode series

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

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