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B-17 Flying Fortress Surviving Aircraft

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" nose art Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby", S/N, 42-32076

Nearly 13,000 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers were produced as part of the massive World War II military build-up.

It became one of the most famous, and successful, airplanes ever built.

The Fate of the B-17 Flying Fortress After World War II

However, following the end of World War II, the B-17 was quickly phased out of use as a bomber and the Army Air Forces retired most of its fleet.

Production ended in May 1945 and totaled 12,731. They were built by Boeing in Seattle (BO), Douglas Aircraft Co. (DL) in Long Beach, CA and Vega Aircraft Corp. (VE) in Burbank, CA.

Aerial view of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in November, 1945Aerial view of B-17 Flying Fortresses in storage at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, in November, 1945

Flight crews ferried the bombers back across the Atlantic and Pacific to the United States where the majority were sold for scrap and melted down at disposal depots.

Some B-17s remained in use after the war in second-line roles such as VIP transports, air-sea rescue and photo-reconnaissance.

However, most B-17 airplanes ended their service, not in combat, but in the smelter at locations such as Kingman Army Air Field in Arizona and Walnut Ridge Army Air Field in Arkansas.

Rows of B-17 Flying Fortresses awaiting their final destiny at Kingman Army Airfield in Arizona after WWII: Scrapping
Rows of B-17 Flying Fortresses awaiting their final destiny at Kingman Army Airfield in Arizona after WWII

 

List of Surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses

Today, a total of only 39 surviving B-17 bombers are located in the United States.

  • Several B-17 planes are still airworthy today, including "Memphis Belle", "Sentimental Journey", "Nine O Nine" and "Aluminum Overcast".
  • Other B-17s are on static display around the United States, such as "Virgin's Delight" in Atwater, California, and "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
  • More aircraft are undergoing restoration or are in storage.

Shown below is a table listing the surviving Flying Fortresses, with the model number, serial number, name, restoration status, and city/state where each is located or based.

Model
S/N
Name
Location or Owner
Status
City
ST
Airworthy B-17s
B-17G
44-83514
Sentimental Journey
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey" nose art
CAF Arizona Wing Airworthy
N9323Z
Mesa
AZ
B-17G
44-83575
Nine-O-Nine
B-17G "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation
Collings Foundation Airworthy
N93012
Painted as 42-31909
Stow
MA
B-17G
44-83872
Texas Raiders
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress S/N 44-83872 "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF
CAF Gulf Coast Wing Airworthy
N7227C
Conroe
TX
B-17G
44-83546
Memphis Belle (Painted for movie - not the original)
B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle
Military Aircraft Restoration Corp (MARC) Airworthy
N3703G
Chino
CA
B-17G
44-85778
Miss Angela
B-17 Miss Angela
Palm Springs Air Museum Airworthy
N3509G
Palm Springs
CA
B-17G
44-83563
Fuddy Duddy
B-17 Flying Fortress Fuddy Duddy
Lyon Air Museum Airworthy
N9563Z
Santa Ana
CA
B-17G
44-85829
Yankee Lady
B-17 Flying Fortress Yankee Lady
Yankee Air Museum Airworthy
N3193G
Belleville
MI
B-17G
44-8543
Madras Maiden (formerly) Chuckie
B-17 Flying Fortress Madras Maiden
Erickson Aircraft Collection Airworthy
N3701G
Madras
OR
B-17G
44-85718
Thunderbird
B-17 Flying Fortress Thunderbird
Lone Star Flight Museum Airworthy
N900RW
Painted as 42-38050
Houston
TX
B-17G
44-85740
Aluminum Overcast
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art
Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Airworthy
N5017N
Oshkosh
WI
B-17s on Static Display
B-17G
42-32076
Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" nose art
National Museum of the USAF Static Display Dayton
OH
B-17G
44-85828
I'll Be Around
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around"
390th Memorial Museum at the Pima Air and Space Museum Static Display Tucson
AZ
B-17G
43-38635
Virgin's Delight
B-17G "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635
Castle Air Museum Static Display Atwater
CA
B-17G
44-83663
Short Bier
B-17G "Short Bier" - S/N 44-83663
Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB Static Display Ogden
UT
B-17G
44-83884
Miss Liberty
B-17 Flying Fortress Miss Liberty
Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base Static Display (Painted as 42-31340) Bossier City
LA
B-17F
42-29782
Boeing Bee
B-17F "Boeing Bee" - S/N 42-29782
Museum of Flight Static Display
N17W
Seattle
WA
B-17G
44-6393
Starduster
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress "Starduster" at the March Field Air Museum in California
March Field Air Museum Static Display Moreno Valley
CA
B-17G
44-85738
Preston's Pride
B-17 Flying Fortress Preston's Pride
AMVETS Chapter 56 at Mefford Field Static Display Tulare
CA
B-17G
44-83624
Sleepy Time Gal
B-17 Flying Fortress Sleepy Time Gal
Air Mobility Command Museum Static Display Dover
DE
B-17G
44-83863
Unnamed
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, painted as S/N 230180
Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base Static Display Ft. Walton
FL
B-17G
44-83542
Piccadilly Princess
B-17 Flying Fortress Piccadilly Princess
Fantasy of Flight Museum Static Display Polk City
FL
B-17G
44-83814
City of Savannah
B-17 Flying Fortress City of Savannah
Natonal Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Static Display Pooler
GA
B-17E
41-9032
My Gal Sal
B-17 Flying Fortress My Gal Sal
National World War II Museum Static Display New Orleans
LA
B-17G
44-83559
King Bee
B-17 Flying Fortress King Bee
Strategic Air & Space Museum Static Display Ashland
NE
B-17F
42-3374
Homesick Angel
B-17 Flying Fortress Homesick Angel
Offutt Air Force Base Static Display (Painted as 42-30230) Omaha
NE
B-17G
44-85599
Reluctant Dragon
B-17 Flying Fortress Reluctant Dragon
Dyess Air Force Base Static Display (Painted as 42-38133) Abilene
TX
B-17G
44-83512
Heavens Above
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Heavens Above" at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
Lackland Air Force Base Static Display San Antonio
TX
B-17s Being Restored
B-17G
44-85790
Lacey Lady
B-17 Flying Fortress Lacey Lady
B-17 Alliance Foundation, McNary Field Under Restoration Salem
OR
B-17E
41-2595
Desert Rat
B-17G Desert Rat
Vintage Aviation Museum Under Restoration Salt Lake City
UT
B-17E
41-9210
Unnamed
Vulcan Warbirds, Inc. / Flying Heritage Collection Under Restoration
N12355
Arlington
WA
B-17G
44-83790
Unnamed
Don Brook Under Restoration Douglas
GA
B-17G
44-83690
Miss Liberty Belle
B-17 Flying Fortress Miss Liberty Belle
Museum of Aviation Under Restoration Warner Robbins
GA
B-17D
40-3097
The Swoose
B-17 Flying Fortress The Swoose
National Museum of the USAF Under Restoration Dayton
OH
B-17F
41-24485
Memphis Belle (Original)
B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle
National Museum of the USAF Under Restoration Dayton
OH
B-17G
44-83684
Piccadilly Lilly II
Piccadilly Lilly II
Planes of Fame Air Museum Under Restoration to Air Worthiness (N3713G) Chino
CA
B-17G
44-85813
Champaign Lady
B-17 Flying Fortress Champagne Lady
Champaign Aviation Museum, Grimes Field Under Restoration to Air Worthiness Urbana
OH
B-17G
44-83785
Shady Lady
B-17 Flying Fortress Shady Lady
Collings Foundation Under Restoration to Air Worthiness Stow
MA
B-17E
41-2446
Swamp Ghost
Swamp Ghost
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor To Be Resored Ford Island
HI
B-17G
44-83525
Suzy Q
B-17 Flying Fortress Suzy Q
Fantasy of Flight Museum In Storage Polk City
FL


Original Photos of B-17 Flying Fortress Survivors

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby", S/N, 42-32076, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Pattersn AFB, Dayton, Ohio
View more photos of "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby"
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" nose art

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" at the 390th Memorial Museum, Tucson
View more photos of "I'll Be Around"
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around"

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at the Barksdale Global Power Museum
View more photos of "Miss Liberty"
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340

B-17G "Short Bier" - S/N 44-83663 - on display at the Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah
View more photos of "Short Bier"

B-17G "Short Bier" - S/N 44-83663



B-17F "Boeing Bee" - S/N 42-29782 - Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA
View more photos of "Boeing Bee"

B-17F "Boeing Bee" - S/N 42-29782


B-17G Flying Fortress "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 - Castle Air Museum, Atwater, CA
Read more about "Virgin's Delight"

B-17G "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635


B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" of the Collings Foundation
View more photos of "Nine-O-Nine"

B-17G "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation


Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress S/N 44-83872 "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF
View more photos of "Texas Raiders"
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress S/N 44-83872 "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, painted as S/N 230180,
restored at the Air Force Armament Museum. Eglin AFB, Fort Walton, Florida
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, painted as S/N 230180

B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, on display at the March Field Air Museum in California
B-17G Flying Fortress, "Star Duster", S/N 44-6393, on display at the March Field Air Museum in California

Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress "Starduster" at the March Field Air Museum in California
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress "Starduster" at the March Field Air Museum in California

Photos of Other B-17 Flying Fortress Survivors

Nose art painted on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast"
operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art

Photo of nose art on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey"
restored and operated by the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey" nose art

Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Heavens Above"
at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Heavens Above" at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas