Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps’ expectations. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the air corps was so impressed with Boeing’s design that it ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.

Clacton on Sea Air Show Sally B


For 39 years, the UK’s last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, Sally B, has been maintained and flown as a memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War. In 1998, disaster struck when a series of technical problems caused the aircraft to become grounded for more than a year. This meant little income for nearly two years while the repair work, which included the need for new engines, was completed. To make matters worse, the resources kept in reserve for just such emergencies were severely drained. This major setback made it clear that a more secure financial footing was needed in order to safeguard the aircraft in the future. With this in mind, the B-17 Charitable Trust (Registered Charity no. 1079007) was established in January 2000 with the aim of raising funds to keep Sally B in this country for all time.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally-B B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B

Clacton Air Show 3rd Thurs and Fri in August
West Greensward, Clacton Seafront, CO15 1NW

Event opening times: 11.00am – 9.00pm (Thursday only) & 11.00am to 5.00pm Friday.