Flying Fortress B-17
I recently had the privilege of getting up close and personal with B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B which is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in the UK and since 1982 has been operated by Elly Sallingboe. The aircraft featured in the film Memphis Belle.
She is able to fly only with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and the backing of her supporters club.
Sally B is permanently based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford where she is on static display when not flying. However, the aircraft is not part of the Museum's own collection and relies solely on charitable donations, sponsorship, sales of souvenirs, and the loyal support of her working team of volunteers. Bearing this in mind, it is incredible to think that this aircraft has been flying in the UK for over 30 years. Operating a large, four-engined aircraft is extremely expensive and the costs must be met if Sally B is to continue her mission. To keep this outstanding legacy alive, do please join the
Richard Birtchnell the flying Toastmaster with the Sally B, B17 Flying Fortress