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B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders"

A Surviving Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress ... "Texas Raiders" S/N 44-83872

B-17G S/N 44-83872 was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Corporation at Long Beach, California, under license from Boeing Aircraft Corporation. It was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps on July 12, 1945, and shortly thereafter it was transferred to the U.S. Navy.

The aircraft was transferred to the storage facility at Litchfield Park, Arizona, in January of 1955, where it was maintained in flyable storage condition. It was officially retired from Naval service on August 25, 1955 after ten years of service.

The plane was purchased by Aero Services Corporation in 1957 and used as a cargo plane and aerial photographic aircraft, with the the identification registration number and call sign N-7227-C.

In September of 1967, the aircraft was acquired by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) at a cost of $50,000. It was the first B-17 to be purchased and operated solely for the purpose of preservation.

After restoration by volunteers, Texas Raiders operates on a tour schedule around the United States. The aircraft is painted in military colors and "Texas Raiders " nose art.

Other Surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses

A total of 39 surviving B-17 airframes are located in the United States. Twelve B-17 are still airworthy today, two F models, and 10 B-17G models. An additional 18 B-17s are on static display around the United States, and 9 aircraft are undergoing restoration or are in storage.

View a list of all surviving B-17 Flying Fortress with models, serial numbers, aircraft name, restoration status and location by state.


B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" Photos by the Author

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress S/N 44-83872 "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF
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 "Texas Raiders"
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force
Nose art on Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the CAF
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders"
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" side guns ... "Louise"
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 483872 "Texas Raiders" tail section
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Commemorative Air Force


For More Information on "Texas Raiders"

We've toured "Texas Raiders" and highly recommend a visit to see this expertly restored aircraft. In addition to being able to walk through the aircraft, flights are often provided at some tour stops. For more information and for tour schedule, please visit the website of the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.