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This is not the Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress ‘Memphis Belle’.
This is the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’

Photographed at the Duxford Air Show – 5th September 2009.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Sally B is the name of an airworthy 1945-built Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress. It was delivered to the United States Army Air Force on 19 June 1945 as 44-85784, after being converted to both a TB-17G and then an EB-17G is was stuck off charge in 1954. Bought by the Institut Geographic National in France as a survey aircraft. In 1975 it moved to England to be restored to wartime condition as a memorial to the USAAF B-17 airmen who lost their lives in the European theatre. It is based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, England.

Elly Sallingboe was awarded the Transport Trust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 in recognition of over thirty years of dedication to the preservation and operation of Britain’s only airworthy Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the ‘Sally B’, as a flying memorial to the tens of thousands of American aircrew who lost their lives over Britain and mainland Europe in her sister aircraft during the Second World War.

The Sally B was used in the film Memphis Belle as one of 5 flying B-17s needed for various film scenes, and it was used to replicate the real Memphis Belle in one scene. Half of the aircraft is still in the Memphis Belle livery.

“Warbirds” Group – November 2009.

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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    I just love “Nose Art” and this is a good example of it!!
    Cheers Neil

  • Thanks Neil!

    – Wayne Gerard Trotman

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerover 5 years ago

    awesome work! Do you know that THE Memphis Belle is currently undergoing restoration at the Wright Patterson Air Force Museum? Cannot wat to see her fly again!

  • Thanks for dropping by Andy. Yes, I knew Memphis Belle was being restored. It would be great to get such a famous aircraft flying again! I think the original nose art was not in ‘script’ as the art on Sally B done for the film. Glad you like my photograph.

    – Wayne Gerard Trotman

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Yes your are right about the lettering!! I think the original is in Block Capitals.
    Cheers Neil

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Excellent Nose Art Wayne. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted.

    – Wayne Gerard Trotman

  • Allen Gray
    Allen Grayover 5 years ago

    Yeah The Belle wasn’t flying for the film from memory, she was on static display. It’s a bit hard to use the Sally B for the Belle in some shots, as she has the G model chin turret where the Belle was a clean nose F!

  • Wayne Gerard Trotman
    Wayne Gerard T...about 5 years ago

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 5 years ago

    Congrats on Feature Wayne,
    Regards Neil

  • Thanks Neil.

    – Wayne Gerard Trotman

  • Nigel Donald
    Nigel Donaldabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Nigel, glad you like it.

    – Wayne Gerard Trotman

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 5 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thanks Colin!

    – Wayne Gerard Trotman

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!
    “Please consider putting your images into the Just Fun Group – we are having a Memorial Day Challenge!

    Thank you
    Just Fun Group

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