B-17 Flying Fortress

Here’s why B-17 “Memphis Belle” was almost called “Little One”

Here’s why B-17 “Memphis Belle” was almost called “Little One”

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew in every combat zone during World War II, but… Read More

3 weeks ago

The night Chinese scrambled 12 MiGs to intercept a lone CIA B-17 Spy Plane. They failed, and two of them crashed.

The MiG-17 The Soviet MiG-17 (NATO code-name "Fresco") was designed to replace the famous MiG-15 of the Korean War. Although… Read More

2 months ago

When Göring ordered to shoot down 500 B-17s in one day: the Reich Marshal mad rages were Luftwaffe fighter pilots’ worst enemy

Hermann Göring Hermann Göring began his military career as a Lieutenant in the 112th Infantry Regiment. Ill health gave him… Read More

3 months ago

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the B-17 after their first encounter with a captured Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament… Read More

4 months ago

Commander of Memphis Belle tells the story of the B-17 Flying Fortress raid on the Focke-Wulf plant at Bremen (featured in Memphis Belle movie)

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew in every combat zone during World War II, but… Read More

5 months ago

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots explain why attacking a B-17 formation from behind was like ‘trying to make love to a porcupine that is on fire’

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament in… Read More

5 months ago

The story behind the horrific photo of B-17G “Wee Willie,” the Flying Fortress with one wing blown off, plummeting to its doom

The B-17G Flying Fortress The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype first… Read More

6 months ago

A Christmas miracle: the German Bf 109 Ace who saved the crew of a badly damaged American B-17 by escorting the crippled bomber over the North Sea

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament… Read More

6 months ago

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29… Read More

7 months ago

Meet the B-17 All American: the Flying Fortress that made it home after being sliced by the wing of a Luftwaffe Me 109

The B-17 Flying Fortress Although the B-17 Flying Fortress prototype flew in 1935, only a relatively small number of B-17s… Read More

8 months ago

‘Masters of the Air,’ the New Apple TV+ Series About ‘Mighty Eighth’ Air Force in WWII, to premiere globally Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Masters of the Air On Oct. 5, 2023 Apple TV+ unveiled the first images from its upcoming World War II… Read More

8 months ago

The story of Alan E. Magee, the B-17 belly gunner who survived a 20,000-foot fall without parachute from his damaged Flying Fortress

B-17 belly gunner Alan E. Magee SSgt Alan E. Magee, belly gunner of the B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle!… Read More

9 months ago

All Airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress Warbirds expected to be Grounded by Coming FAA Airworthiness Directive

On Apr. 15, 2023 the Yankee Air Museum, owner of Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Yankee Lady, announced that it has… Read More

1 year ago

A quick look at why the Nakajima Ki-49 and other WWII Japanese heavy bombers were an Epic Fail

The IJAAF remained convinced that fast attack bombers like the Ki-21, Ki-49 and, eventually, the Ki-67 were the best option,… Read More

1 year ago

This B-17 was hit by an 88mm shell, remained in formation and gave the chance to those who survived to bail out safely. The story of the headless Flying Fortress.

As seen from the right waist of an accompanying B-17, this 463rd Bomb Group Flying Fortress received a direct hit… Read More

1 year ago