B-17 Flying Fortress

6 Killed After Commemorative Air Force P-63 and B-17 “Texas Raiders” Vintage Aircraft Collide at Wings Over Dallas Air Show

6 Killed After Commemorative Air Force P-63 and B-17 “Texas Raiders” Vintage Aircraft Collide at Wings Over Dallas Air Show

Six people were killed after the P-63 and the B-17 “Texas Raiders” belonging to Commemorative Air Force collided and crashed… Read More

1 year ago

Horrific video shows B-17G Texas Raiders suffering mid air collision with a P-63 Kingcobra during Dallas Air Show

The P-63 hit the B-17 "Texas Raiders" from the left side, severing the tail. The two aircraft then fell down,… Read More

1 year ago

Boeing B-17E aircraft were the first component of Cactus Air Force. Here are all the challenges faced to supply the Flying Fortress bombers that reached South Pacific.

Supplying the B-17 Flying Fortress squadrons in South Pacific added a whole dimension of challenge. Cactus Air Force refers to… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know that the Fulton-equipped B-17 that saved 007 in the movie Thunderball had also flown the longest B-17 mission ever?

The longest B-17 Flying Fortress mission ever lasted more than 19 hours and was flown over China by a Taiwanese… Read More

2 years ago

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

B-17G Flying Fortress “Wee Willie” had completed 127 missions and was destroyed on its 128th. The main picture in this… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the pre-flight checklist was first introduced by Boeing following the 1935 crash of the prototype B-17 (then known as the Model 299)?

On Oct. 30, 1935, at Wright Airfield in Ohio, the Model 299 (as B-17 prototype was known) lifted off, climbed… Read More

2 years ago

The story of “I‘m the one with the part in the back,” the B-17 Memphis Belle legendary Pin-Up Nose Art

The painting on the nose of the B-17 Memphis Belle is often mistakenly referred to as "The Memphis Belle," but… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Me 163 Komet Rocket fighters that defended the Leuna chemical complex during the USAAF’s Oil Campaign

The first Me 163 Komet rocket-fighter squadron was based at Brandis in order to protect the vital Leuna chemical complex.… Read More

2 years ago

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress bomber

What did the Luftwaffe’s leadership think of the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber? The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the… Read More

2 years ago

Imperial Japanese Navy H6K Mavis pilot tells the story of when his Flying Boat was Attacked and nearly Shot Down by B-17 Bombers

‘The only chance we had was the relatively small turning radius of our slow plane compared to that of the… Read More

2 years ago

From World War II B-17 pilot Colin P. Kelly to the “Ghost of Kyiv:” How Legends give Nations hope during Time of War

As the legend of the Ghost of Kyiv grows, we are reminded of another wartime story which also gave a… Read More

2 years ago

The Death of Hauptmann Eduard Tratt, the highest-scoring Zerstörer ace of World War II

His death signaled the end of the Luftwaffe’s ability to use the heavily armed twin-engine Me 110G and Me 410s… Read More

2 years ago