B-17 Flying Fortress. Sally B.

B-17 Flying Fortress. Sally B.

Another fantastic day at the Bournemouth Air Show today. We were lucky to have a visit from Sally B, the last remaining airworthy B-17, Flying Fortress, in Europe.

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WW2 US Heavy Bomber

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Sally B, Memphis Belle.

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Produced 1936-1945

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The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Force in daylight precision strategic bombing.

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Over 12,000 aircraft were built.

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Service ceiling 35,600 feet.

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2 x .50 (12,.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns in the tail.

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2 x .50 (12,.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns in the belly Sperry ball turret.

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2 x .50 (12,.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns in the Bendix chin turret.

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Can carry between 4,500 and 17,600 lbs worth of bombs, depending on the range.

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2 x staggered .50 (12,.7mm) M2 Browning waist guns.

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2 x .50 (12,.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns in upper Sperry Turret. There were also two on the nose cheeks and one in the nose.

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Maximum speed of 287mph.

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Cruising speed of 182mph.

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