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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (N7227C)
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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (N7227C)

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Mark Thomas
Gorgeous shot John!
Bruce Bennidick
Beautifully restored.
roland pfeifer
One good reason why we won WWII
Neil Klapthor
Beautiful!
Don Lynch
Looks to good to be true! What a photo!
John mcGeoghan
12 of these beauts still flying I believe. Incredible dedication any UK side?
cliff731
John mcGeoghan - I believe there is one (1) example of a B-17 showing in the U.K. Civil registry... "G-BEDF", which is a B-17G model.

From the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority website:

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=detailnosummary&fullregmark=BEDF

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BEDF

It was originally assigned USAAF s/n 44-85784, as a Lockheed-Vega built B-17G-105-VE with c/n 8693, according to Joe Baugher's published information.

Mr. Baugher further provides this additional history:

"B-17G built by Lockheed-Vega Airplane Company as part of pooled production... converted to EB-17G and to ETB-17G. Sold to Institut Geographique National of France as F-BGSR. Sold to American users as N17TE but never taken to USA. Moved to Britain and re-registered as G-BEDF. Currently flying as *Sally B* with B-17 Preservation Ltd of Duxford with false tail number 124485 (Memphis Belle). Used in remake of film *Memphis Belle*".
cliff731
John mcGeoghan - Here's a link to photos of the U.K. registered G-BEDF as showing on FlightAware's site:

http://flightaware.com/photos/aircraft/GBEDF
John mcGeoghan
Thank you very much Cliffe l.learned very much from your posts..
Who would have thought the only B17 in U.K. is owned by David Gold!
Fair play.
cliff731
John, you're very welcome and thanks for the kind words. David Gold is certainly one of only a few who can lay claim to ownership of a B-17!
Mark Loupe
I Love It!
a mentor
for the record the "Belle" was an F model
Boeing B-17F-10-BO Flying Fortress, AAF Ser. No. 41-24485, the last variant w/o the chin turret -- but heck this one is STILL flat gorgeous :-)
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
21-May-2022 UnknownMiddle Georgia Rgnl () 03:23PM EDT En Route
21-May-2022 UnknownMiddle Georgia Rgnl ()Middle Georgia Rgnl () 11:15AM EDT 11:34AM EDT (?) 0:19
20-May-2022 UnknownMiddle Georgia Rgnl ()Middle Georgia Rgnl () 05:18PM EDT 05:46PM EDT 0:28
20-May-2022 UnknownMiddle Georgia Rgnl ()Middle Georgia Rgnl () 04:08PM EDT 04:34PM EDT 0:26
20-May-2022 UnknownMiddle Georgia Rgnl ()Middle Georgia Rgnl () 03:00PM EDT 03:20PM EDT 0:19
20-May-2022 UnknownNear Gulfport, MSMiddle Georgia Rgnl () 09:20AM CDT 12:05PM EDT 1:44
19-May-2022 UnknownNear Biloxi, MSGulfport-Biloxi Intl () First seen 03:51PM CDT Last seen 04:13PM CDT 0:22
19-May-2022 UnknownNear Gulfport, MSGulfport-Biloxi Intl () First seen 11:07AM CDT Last seen 11:27AM CDT 0:19
19-May-2022 UnknownNear Gulfport, MSNear Gulfport, MS First seen 09:21AM CDT Last seen 10:01AM CDT 0:39
18-May-2022 UnknownNear Gulfport, MSGulfport-Biloxi Intl () First seen 10:48AM CDT Last seen 11:08AM CDT 0:20
17-May-2022 UnknownConroe/North Houston Rgnl ()Gulfport-Biloxi Intl () 10:32AM CDT 12:55PM CDT 2:22
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