Thursday, July 15, 2010

75-year anniversary year of the B-17 Flying Fortress

July 16, 2010

The B-17 Flying Fortress has a special place in military history. Known for staying aloft after taking enemy fire, the sturdy bomber's impact on World War II is impossible to ignore. Boeing, the manufacturer, flew the first one 75 years ago.

An ongoing restoration of a B-17 is available to tourists at the National Museum of the Air Force. The Museum's Air Power Gallery displays a B-17, the "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby," and the restoration hangars have two more: the famed "Memphis Belle" and "The Swoose."

See this SeattlePI post for a photo and collection of B-17 lore, and thanks to Air Force AIM Points for alerting us to this important part of our heritage.

Above: "The Swoose" finds a new home at the National Museum of the Air Force. (Air Force photo)

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