the B-17 HEROES Of woRLD War II

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6 Years ago in Dayton…

  I remember quite vividly going into the National Museum of The US Air Force for the first time. A very special day, May 17th 2018. I was taken aback by the gigantic hangar. Since it was the grand opening of the restored Memphis Belle exhibit, there were a lot of people.   My first impression upon seeing the B-17

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Everything you need to know about the Ball Turret

… And a controversy. The Sperry ball turret, was a key defensive feature of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber during World War II. Here are some important aspects of the ball turret:   Location: The ball turret was positioned on the underside of the B-17’s fuselage, near the waist of the aircraft.   Design: It was a spherical,

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B-17 On Display or Airworthy

B-17G Starduster is on Static display at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA
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Preston's Pride
B-17G Preston's Pride is on static display at Mefford Field in Tulare, CA
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Memphis Belle
B-17F Memphis Belle is on static display at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH
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Boeing Bee
B-17F is on static display at Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA - Photo: Ian Abbott
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The Pink Lady
B-17G is airworthy but currently in storage at Cerny-La Ferté Alais, France. Photo: Andy Leonard
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I'll Be Around
B-17G I'll Be Around is on static display at the 390th Memorial Museum, part of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ.
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Homesick Angel
B-17F is on static display at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. Photo:
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Movie Memphis Belle
B-17F Movie Memphis Belle is airworthy at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York - Photo: Larry Lamb
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City of Savannah
B-17 City of Savannah is on static display at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, GA.
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Sentimental Journey
B-17G Sentimental Journey is airworthy at CAF Arizona Wing, Mesa, AZ. Photo: Mark Holloway
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Miss Angela
B-17G Miss Angela is airworthy and based at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA. Photo: Lecody, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Yankee Lady
B-17G Yankee Lady is airworthy and based at the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville. MI. Photo: Mr.Z-man, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Fuddy Duddy
B-17G Fuddy Duddy is on static display at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, CA.
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Short Bier
B-17G Short Bier is on static display at Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB in Ogden, UT. Image credit: Road Travel America, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.
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Virgin's Delight
B-17G Virgin's Delight is on static dislay at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA. Image credit: Nehrams2020, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Heaven's Above
B-17G Heaven's Above is on static display at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
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Sleepy Time Gal
On static display at Dover AFB, MD.
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Video Of The Week

58 Min. video on the Flying Fortress.