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Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress - 124485
 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress c/n 8693(VE) was built in the last months of 1944 at the Boeing/Vega production facility at Burbank, California. She was delivered to the United States Army Air Force with serial number 44-85784 and placed in storage until her first assignment as a TB-17 Trainer.  

In May 1948 she was at Wright Field, Ohio  where she was used as test-bed for a project on manned gun-pods, the project was however abandoned. In 1950 she was leased to General Electric where she would be used for the G.E. Test Flight Center at Schenectady, New York. While with G.E. all her turrets were removed.

Just like B-17 44-8846 now operated by the Association Forteresse Toujours Volante in France, she was acquired by the French National Geographic Institute. In October 1954 she arrived at her new home at Creil and she was  registered as F-BGSR. During the next 21 years she would act as a survey platform and see all corners of the Earth, flying missions in France, but also in the French Colonies.

In early March 1975, being retired from the NGI, she was acquired by Ted White and Duane Egli of Euroworld Inc, at Biggin Hill in the United Kingdom and registered as N17TE. She was restored to her military configuration and made her airshow debut at the Biggen Hill Air Fair on May 18 of the same year, named "Sally B", after Ted’s partner, Elly Sallingboe.

Ted White, goal was to keep the B-17 in the air as tribute to all the brave Americans who lost their lives, was tragically killed when his Harvard crashed during a rally on Malta in June 1982. His partner, Elly lived to his wish and together with the team around the B-17 kept the B-17 going. On April 30, 1985 the B-17 preservation Limited would become her owner with the goal to preserve and operate the B-17 Britain's only airworthy Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress as a flying memorial to the tens of thousands of American aircrew who lost their lives in B-17s during the Second World War. 

In 1989 "Sally B" had her chin turret removed to represent a B-17F for her starring role in the movie Memphis Belle. Once the filming had ended it was returned. She flies as 124485/DF-A of the 324th Bomb Squadron (Heavy) as tribute to the original B-17F 41-24485 "Memphis Belle" that was the first B-17 in the USAAF to complete 25 missions over enemy territories. A remarkable achievement as the B-17 Combat crews lives were measured in weeks rather than months.

As tribute to Ted White, the starboard inner engine cowling will always carry the same black and yellow chequered markings as his Harvard in which he lost his life.

Boeing B-17G-105-VE  Flying Fortress - G-BEDF - B-17 Preservation Limited - United Kingdom
 

Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress Sally B
G-BEDF - 124485/DF-A

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