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B-17 Flying Fortress Surviving Aircraft

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

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.

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 military aircraft in storage in 1946 Aerial view of military aircraft in storage in 1946

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 such as Kingman Army Air Field in Arizona (see photo to the right).

Large numbers of the planes remained in use after the war in second-line roles such as VIP transports, air-sea rescue and photo-reconnaissance.

List of Surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses Listed by State

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

  • 12 B-17 planes are still airworthy today, two F models, and 10 B-17G models. Several are very well known, including "Memphis Belle", "Sentimental Journey", "Nine O Nine" and "Aluminum Overcast".
  • 18 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
  • 9 aircraft are undergoing restoration or are in storage.
Model
S/N
Name
Location or Owner
Status
City
ST
B-17G
44-83514
Sentimental Journey CAF Arizona Wing Airworthy Mesa
AZ
B-17G
44-85828
I'll Be Around 390th Memorial Museum at the Pima Air and Space Museum Static Display Tucson
AZ
B-17G
44-83546
Memphis Belle Military Aircraft Restoration Corp Airworthy Anaheim
CA
B-17G
43-38635
Virgin's Delight Castle Air Museum Static Display Atwater
CA
B-17E
41-2446
Swamp Ghost Planes of Fame Museum Static Display Chino
CA
B-17G
44-83684
Piccadilly Lilly II Planes of Fame Under Restoration to Air Worthiness Chino
CA
B-17G
44-6393
Starduster March Field Air Museum Static Display Moreno Valley
CA
B-17G
44-85778
Miss Angela Palm Springs Air Museum Airworthy Palm Springs
CA
B-17G
44-83563
Fuddy Duddy Martin Aviation, Inc. Airworthy Santa Ana
CA
B-17G
44-85738
Preston's Pride AMVETS Chapter 56 at Mefford Field Static Display Tulare
CA
B-17G
44-83624
Sleepy Time Gal Air Mobility Command Museum Static Display Dover
DE
B-17G
44-83863
Unnamed Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base Static Display Ft. Walton
FL
B-17G
44-83542
Piccadilly Princess Fantasy of Flight Museum Static Display Polk City
FL
B-17G
44-83525
Suzy Q Fantasy of Flight Museum In Storage Polk City
FL
B-17G
44-83790
Unnamed Don Brook Under Restoration Douglas
GA
B-17G
44-83814
City of Savannah Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Static Display Pooler
GA
B-17E
41-2595
Desert Rat Michael W. Kellner Under Restoration to Air Worthiness Crystal Lake
IL
B-17G
44-83690
Miss Liberty Belle Grisson Air Museum Static Display Peru
IN
B-17G
44-83884
Miss Liberty Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base Static Display Bossier City
LA
B-17E
41-9032
My Gal Sal National World War II Museum Static Display New Orleans
LA
B-17G
44-83575
Nine-O-Nine Collings Foundation Airworthy Stow
MA
B-17G
44-85829
Yankee Lady Yankee Air Force Airworthy Belleville
MI
B-17G
44-83559
King Bee Strategic Air & Space Museum Static Display Ashland
NE
B-17F
42-3374
Homesick Angel Offutt Air Force Base Static Display Omaha
NE
B-17D
40-3097
The Swoose National Museum of the USAF Under Restoration Dayton
OH
B-17G
42-32076
Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby National Museum of the USAF Static Display Dayton
OH
B-17F
41-24485
Memphis Belle National Museum of the USAF Under Restoration Dayton
OH
B-17G
44-85813
Unnamed Champaign Aviation Museum, Grimes Field Under Restoration to Air Worthiness Urbana
OH
B-17G
44-83785
Evergreen International Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Airworthy McMinnville
OR
B-17G
44-85790
Lacey Lady McNary Field Restored Salem
OR
B-17G
44-85599
Reluctant Dragon Dyess Air Force Base Static Display Abilene
TX
B-17G
44-85718
Thunderbird Lone Star Flight Museum Airworthy Galveston
TX
B-17G
44-83872
Texas Raiders CAF Gulf Coast Wing Airworthy Houston
TX
B-17G
44-83512
Heavens Above Lackland Air Force Base Static Display San Antonio
TX
B-17G
44-83663
Short Bier Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill AFB Static Display Ogden
UT
B-17F
44-8543
Chuckie Training Services, Inc. Airworthy Virginia Beach
VA
B-17G
44-85740
Aluminum Overcast Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Airworthy Oshkosh
WI
B-17F
42-29782
Boeing Bee Museum of Flight Airworthy; in storage Seattle
WA
B-17E
41-9210
Unnamed Vulcan Warbirds, Inc. Under Restoration Seattle
WA


Original B-17 Flying Fortress Photos by Planes Of The Past

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
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

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


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