B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress from the movie “Memphis Belle” is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). The Belle is 74 feet long, with a wingspan of 103 feet. It was capable of hauling 4,800 pounds of bombs, and took 10 crewmen to operate, six... View Article


The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress from the movie “Memphis Belle” is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). The Belle is 74 feet long, with a wingspan of 103 feet. It was capable of hauling 4,800 pounds of bombs, and took 10 crewmen to operate, six of them responsible for operating the plane’s machine guns.

 

There’s two gunners in the back in either side called the waist guns and in the tail you had the tail gun while on the bottom was the ball turret. The ball turret is completely separate structurally from the airplane so it can rotate 360 degrees and straight down. The ball turret gun can see and fire at any target underneath the airplane, The difficulty in being a ball turret gunner was, if you got wounded, you couldn’t get out.

 

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From its prewar inception, the USAAC that became the USAF in June 1941 promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bomb load. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base.

 

The B-17 developed a reputation as an effective bomber, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million tons of bombs dropped on Nazi Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tons were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.

 

The National Warplane Museum is offering rides on the Memphis Belle for a donation starting at $450. Travel back in time and experience what it was like to fly into battle over Germany in one of these incredible B-17s into battle over. If you are interested in a ride in Memphis Belle please complete the following info:

 

B-17 Flying Fortress

 


  1. 845 562-3683 says:

    My favorite plane of all time. Old enough to remember WWII. Would love to go up in one. But $450+ outrageously out of sight.

    • NY Air Show says:

      She’s such a beauty, isn’t she! The Memphis Belle’s crew recently shared that it actually costs approximately $1500 to fly her for one hour!

  2. Will Southworth says:

    I have yet to be contacted by the Belle’s team – submitted an inquiry over a week ago. Is there any other way of reaching out to the team? Really trying not to miss out on this.

    • NY Air Show says:

      Hey Will, I just sent you an email – we’ll see if we can get you connected to the flight team. Stay tuned!

    • NY Air Show says:

      Submit an inquiry and the Belle’s team will get back to you – I know we’ve had a few people secure spots, but I believe there may still be a few left.

    • NY Air Show says:

      Everyone currently receives a 30% discount through August 9 – we do tiered advance pricing discounts across the board.

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