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B-17 Sentimental Journey

B-17G 44-83514
Sentimental Journey
Commemorative Air Force

Boeing B-17G Flying FortressCAM

B-17G, Virgin's Delight, Castle Air Museum

File:Stripped B-17D Ole Betsy.jpg
B17 chin turret

B-17G 44-83735
Mary Alice
Imperial War Museum

B-17 planes of fame-chino

B-17G 44-83684
Picadily Lilly II
Planes of Fame Museum


B-17G 44-83575
Collings Foundation

B-17G at Evergreen Museum

B-17G 44-83785
Shady Lady
Evergreen Aviation Museum


B-17G 44-85740
Aluminum Overcast
Centennial Airport, CO, 2007

Boeing B17 Flying Fortress 1985

Sally B
B-17 Preservation

DSeer Img 5109

B-17G 44-85718
Lone Star Flight Museum

US Navy 030711-N-5319H-001 The Memphis Belle stands disassembled in its hangar across from Naval Support Activity Mid-South, where volunteer mechanics

B-17F 41-24485
Memphis Belle
USAF Museum

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II. Developed by Boeing, a total of 12,731 aircraft had been produced by Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed from 1936 until 1945. A vast majority (over 8,000) of these aircraft were lost in either combat operations or training accidents. The remaining combat veterans and early production models were stored and later scrapped in the vast scrap drives of the late 1940s.

The majority of the aircraft that survive today came from the last batches of aircraft produced by both Douglas and Lockheed, which had better corrosion control practices. These aircraft had found use in the 1950s and early 1960s as DB-17 Drone Director and QB-17 target aircraft with the USAF, as U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard early warning, air sea rescue or weather aircraft (known by the naval aircraft designations PB-1W or PB-1G), or overseas as photo mapping aircraft with French National Geographic Institute. After retirement from active service, these aircraft were converted during the 1960s to the late 1980s as bulk cargo transport, aerial sprayer, and water tanker aircraft.

During the late 1970s when the warbird movement began, these survivors were eagerly anticipated and as each came on the civilian market many were restored to original combat configuration. In the 1990s, as intact, existing airframes became increasingly rare (only 46 intact B-17's are known to exist as of August 2013), restorers began seeking out airframes that were previously considered unrecoverable.


On display
  • 44-85583 - Recife Air Force Base.[1]
Under restoration or in storage
  • 44-83718 - in storage at the Museu do FAB in Rio De Janeiro.[2]


Under restoration or in storage

United KingdomEdit

On display

United StatesEdit

On display
Under restoration or in storage

See alsoEdit


  1. Another Virgin's Delight (s/n 42-3352), flying with the 410th Bombardment Squadron was shot down and lost in the North Sea on November 29, 1943.
  2. Another Suzy Q (s/n 41-2489), flying with the 93rd Bombardment Squadron was scrapped sometime after July 1946.


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  2. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83718" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  3. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-8846" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  4. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-8899" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  5. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85784" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  6. "United Kingdom Civil Aircraft Register: G-BEDF" UK Civil Aircraft Register Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  7. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83735" American Air Museum Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  8. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83868" Royal Air Force Museum London Retrieved: 15 July 2011.
  9. "B-17F Flying Fortress/42-29782" Museum of Flight Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  10. "FAA Registry: N17W" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  11. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-8543" Fighter Factory website Retrieved: 23 July 2013.
  12. "FAA Registry: N3701G" Retrieved: 23 July 2013.
  13. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85514" Commemorative Air Force - Arizona Wing Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  14. "FAA Registry: N9323Z" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  15. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83546" John Weeks website Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  16. "FAA Registry: N3703G" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  17. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83563" John Weeks website Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  18. "FAA Registry: N9563Z" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  19. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83575" Collings Foundation Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  20. "FAA Registry: N93012" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  21. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83785" Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  22. "FAA Registry: N207EV" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  23. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83872" Commemorative Air Force - Gulf Coast Wing Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  24. "FAA Registry: N7227C" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  25. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85718" Lone Star Flight Museum Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  26. "FAA Registry: N900RW" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  27. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85740" Experimental Aircraft Association Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  28. "FAA Registry: N5017N" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  29. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85778" Palm Springs Air Museum Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  30. "FAA Registry: N3509G" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  31. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85829" Yankee Air Museum Retrieved: 02 October 2013.
  32. "FAA Registry: N3193G" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  33. "B-17E Flying Fortress/41-9032" National WWWII Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  34. "B-17F Flying Fortress/42-3374" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  35. "B-17G Flying Fortress/42-32076" National Museum of the USAF Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  36. "B-17G Flying Fortress/43-38635" Castle Air Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  37. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-6393" March Field Air Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  38. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83512" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  39. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83542" Fantasy of Flight Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  40. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83559" Strategic Air and Space Museum Retrieved: 12 April 2012.
  41. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83624" Air Mobility Command Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  42. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83663" Hill Aerospace Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  43. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83690" Grissom Air Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  44. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83863" Air Force Armament Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  45. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83884" Eighth Air Force Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  46. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85599" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  47. Aerial Visuals Location Dossier
  48. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85738" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  49. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85790" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  50. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-85828" Pima Air & Space Museum Retrieved: 13 April 2012.
  51. "B-17D Flying Fortress/40-3097" USAF Museum Retrieved: 29 May 2011.
  52. "B-17E Flying Fortress/41-2446" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  53. "B-17E Flying Fortress/41-2595" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  54. "FAA Registry: N12355" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  55. "B-17F Flying Fortress/41-24485" USAF Museum Retrieved: 29 May 2011.
  56. "FAA Registry: N83525" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  57. "FAA Registry: N3713G" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  58. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83814" Mighty Eighth B-17 Restoration Project Retrieved 6 June 2012
  59. "B-17G Flying Fortress/44-83790" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.
  60. "FAA Registry: N12355" Retrieved: 18 May 2011.

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