|In 1988, there were 43 B-17s that still survived. Only about
twenty of them were flyable or capable of being made so. Another twenty
were on display in various museums. Three were abandoned hulks. Today,
the only B-17s still flying are those that are used by such
organizations as the Experimental Aircraft Association and the
Confederate Air Force as "flying museums". Here is a list of surviving
B-17s and their current disposition.
- B-17F-70-BO serial number 42-29782. In flying
condition with Museum of Flight, Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington
under civilian registration of N17W.
- B-17G-70-VE serial number 44-5843. "Chuckie" a rare
B-17G Pathfinder flying with Vintage Flying Machines of Fort Worth,
Texas under civil registration of N3701G.
- B-17G-85-VE serial number 44-8846. Flying in France
under civil registration of F-AZDX.
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83514. Confederate Air
Force, Mesa Arizona. Flies as 483514, "Sentimental Journey" under
civilian registration of N9323Z.
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83525. At Weeks Air
Museum at Tamiani Airport, Miami, Florida and is maintained in flying
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83546. Military Aircraft
Restoration Corporation, Chino, California. Loaned to March AFB Museum,
California. Marked as B-17F-110-BO 42-30604 and is maintained in flying
condition under civil registration of N3703G.
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83563. On display at
National Warplane Museum at Geneseo, New York and is maintained in
flying condition under civil registration of N9563Z. Flies as 297400,
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83872. Flying with
Confederate Air Force, Midland, Texas as "Texas Raider" under civilian
registration of N7227C
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85740. "Aluminum
Overcast", owned by EAA Air Museum of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Flying under
civil registration of N5017N.
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85784. "Sally B" Flying
with B-17 Preservation Ltd of Duxford, England under civil registration
- B-17G-110-VE serial number 44-85829. Flying with
Yankee Air Force of Willow Run Airport, Belleville, Michigan under
civilian registration N3193G, as 485829, "Yankee Lady".
- B-17 serial number 44-85778, Civ.Reg. N3509G. "alive
and well and in good care in Palm Springs Air Museum.
- B-17D serial number 40-3097 "Swoose": In storage at
Paul E. Garber Restoration Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland.
- B-17E serial number 41-2446: Sitting out in the open
abandoned in Papua New Guinea.
- B-17E serial number 41-2595: Converted to XC-108A. In
storage at Galt Airport in Illinois.
- B-17E serial number 41-9101: Abandoned in Greeland.
Now under 260 feet of ice.
- B-17E serial number 41-9105: Abandoned in Greeland.
Now under 260 feet of ice.
- B-17E serial number 41-9210: Derelict at the La Paz
airport in Bolivia.
- B-17F-10-BO serial number 41-24485: "Memphis Belle".
On display at the Mud Island Museum, Memphis, Tennessee.
- B-17F-50-DL serial number 42-3374. In storage at
Offutt AFB, Nebraska.
- B-17G-35-BO serial number 42-32076. "Shoo Shoo Shoo
Baby". On display at USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB Museum, Ohio.
- B-17G-90-BO serial number 43-38635. On display USAF
Museum, Castle AFB, California. Displayed as 38635, Virgin's Delight.
- B-17G-50-DL serial number 44-6393. USAF Museum, March
AFB, California. Displayed as 230092, Second Patches.
- B-17G-85-VE serial number 44-8889. On display at
Musee de l'Air at Le Bourget near Paris.
- B-17G-75-DL serial number 44-83316. Stored in pieces
at Ocotillo Wells, California
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83512. USAF Museum,
Lackland AFB, Texas. Displayed as 483514, Sentimental Journey.
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83542. Stored in pieces
at Ocotillo Wells, California.
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83559. On display at
UAAF Strategic Air Command Museum, Offutt AFB, Nebraska marked as
B-17F-65-DL 42-3474, King Bee
- B-17G-85-DL serial number 44-83575. Bob
Collings/Collings Foundation, Stowe, Massachusetts. Flies as 231909,
- B-17G-90-DL serial number 44-83624. On display at
Dover AFB, Delaware.
- B-17G-90-DL serial number 44-83663. On display at
Hill AFB, Utah.
- B-17G-90-DL serial number 44-83684. On display at
Planes of Fame museum at Chino Airport, California as 483684, Picadilly
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83690. On display at
Grissom AFB, Indiana painted as B-17G-10-BO 42-31255 "Miss Liberty
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83718. Owned by
Brazilian Air Force Museum at Rio de Janeiro.
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83722. Stored in pieces
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83735: On display at
Imperial War Museum at Duxford, England marked as B-17G-35-BO 42-31983
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83785. Evergreen Equity,
McMinnville, Oregon. Flies as 483785. (May be on display at Pinal
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83790. Abandoned in
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83814. In storage at
Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C. awaiting display.
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83863. On display at
Elgin AFB in Florida.
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83868. On display at RAF
Bomber Command Museum at Hendon.
- B-17G-95-DL serial number 44-83884: On display at the
Eighth Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. Displayed as
38289, Yankee Doodle II.
- B-17G-95-VE serial number 44-85583. On display at
Base Area de Recife in Brazil.
- B-17G-100-VE serial number 44-85599. On display at
Dynes AFB Museum, Abilene, Texas. Displayed as 48559.
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85718. On display at
Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston, Texas. Flies as 238050,
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85734. Stored in
damaged condition at New England Air Museum at Bradley International
Airport in Connecticut.
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85738. On public
display with AMVETS in Tulare, California.
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85778. In semi-storage
at Stockton, California awaiting restoration. (Perhaps being restored
by Warbirds of Great Britain, Bournemougth England. To fly as Sally A.
As printed in B-17 Flying Fortress by William N. Hess.)
- B-17G-105-VE serial number 44-85790. On display above
a gasoline station in Milwaukee, Oregon.
- B-17G-110-VE serial number 44-85813. Stored in peices
at Kissimmee, Florida.
- B-17G-110-VE serial number 44-85828 (44-85228?). On
display with the USAF 390th Memorial Museum located at Pima Air Museum,
Tucson, Arizona marked as B-17G-30-BO 42-31892, I'll be Around.
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