The Aircraft

Boeing B-17G (G-BEDF)

• Aircraft Type: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
• Operator: B-17 Preservation Ltd
• Year of Manufacture: 1945
• Powered by: Four Wright R-18200-97 Cyclone radial engines
• Colour Scheme: USAAF 447th Bomb Group

The aircraft was delivered to the United States Army Air Force on 19 June 1945 as 44-85784. In 1954 the Institut Géographique National in France bought the plane for use as a survey aircraft. In 1975 she moved to England and was registered with the CAA as G-BEDF to be restored to wartime condition. The ‘Sally B’ was used in the 1990 film Memphis Belle as one of 5 flying B-17s needed for various film scenes, and it was used to replicate the real Memphis Belle in one scene. Half of the aircraft is still in the Memphis Belle livery, following restoration of the ‘Sally B’ nose art and the black and yellow checkerboard pattern on the cowling of the starboard inner (no 3) engine, carried as a tribute to Elly Sallingboe’s companion Ted White, whose Harvard aircraft had the same pattern on its cowling.

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Image Credits: Aviation PhotoCrew Belgium