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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’

By malleader
Image from the 2016 Old Buckenham Air Show.


The 25 tonne ‘Castle in the Sky’ is celebrating her 41st year in the UK and is the only airworthy B-17 in Europe. The story of her preservation and film career is as remarkable as the aircraft itself. The B-17 has been kept flying by her operator, Elly Sallingboe, since 1982. Supported by Chief Engineer Peter Brown and a roster of volunteer pilots, Sally B is also backed by one of the largest supporter groups in the history of aviation. Her continued preservation is only possible thanks to charitable donations and the efforts of Elly, her team and 8,000 supporters who have succeeded against all odds to keep an aviation icon flying every year since 1982.

The costs involved in keeping such a large aircraft flying are extraordinary, as is the enormous and tireless work required to keep every component perfect aboard an aircraft with a wing span of more than 103 feet. Four enormous radial engines provide the 4,800 hp needed to propel the Flying Fortress to a top speed of 287mph, and give this remarkable machine a range of 2,000 miles.




Tags: Photo journalism Sally b Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Old Buckenham Air Show 2016

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6 Aug 2016 1:50PM
Thanks for a great shot of the B17. You are right this iconic aircrafts stands next to the Spitfire and Lancaster Bomber as part of our heritage. Too many young men lost there lives in these machines, but seeing her in all her glory and flying is really great. I only wish I had taken it.Smile
6 Aug 2016 1:51PM
Oh by the way, I have got a picture of her on the ground with 2 engines missing now I come to think of it. Smile

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