Historic “Memphis Belle” B-17 Moved Into US Air Force Museum Hangar

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B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" and "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" - National Museum of the United States Air Force

On March 14th, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force marked completion of the B-17F “Memphis Belle” restoration project. In view of invited media and 300 Air Force Museum Foundation members, the “Memphis Belle” was towed from the Museum’s restoration hangar to the WWII Gallery where it replaced “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby”, a B-17G which had been on display there since 1988. The B-17G was removed from the hangar and placed into storage, where it awaits transfer to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at a later date.

B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" - National Museum of the United States Air Force

The “Memphis Belle” bears a paint scheme representative of the aircraft’s appearance on May 17, 1943, when the aircraft’s crew completed their 25th combat mission, thereby completing their tours of duty. They became the first Air Force bomber crew from Europe to return to the United States after reaching that milestone. This achievement earned the aircraft and crew national recognition, a war bond tour, and enduring historical significance.

B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" - National Museum of the United States Air ForceB-17 Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" - National Museum of the United States Air Force

The Museum’s “Memphis Belle” exhibit officially opens on May 17th, the 75th anniversary of the aircraft’s historic combat mission. Until then, the aircraft remains obscured from view by a large partition. Plans for the exhibit debut include a static display of B-17 bombers, a gathering of WWII reenactors, and a big band concert, among other events.

– Article and photos by Ryan Grantonic

B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" - National Museum of the United States Air ForceB-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" - National Museum of the United States Air Force

Bombers Over Oshkosh! EAA AirVenture 2017 To Feature Triple Bomber Formation And Other Flybys

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B-52 Stratofortress Bomber

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture fly-in and airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is always a huge gathering of vintage and modern aviation. This year is no exception, especially now with the news that the United States Air Force is planning on a composite flyover consisting of the B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, and B-52 Stratofortress in one formation on Saturday, July 29!

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber - Spirit of St Louis Airshow 2016B-1B Lancer Bomber

According to the article, the Saturday parade of modern bombers will be followed by both B-29 Superfortresses “Fifi” and “Doc,” two B-17 Flying Fortresses, several B-25 Mitchells, the A-20 Havoc, and “more yet to be announced.” We couldn’t agree more with the statement “If 2017 is the year of the bomber, then Saturday is bomber day.”

The bomber bash will kick off with a flyover of the B-1 on Monday, July 24. The Lancer flies again on Wednesday, July 26, following the Doolittle Raid reenactment. The reenactment will feature more than a dozen B-25s in the air. A B-52 will also be on static display throughout the week.

Additionally, both B-29s will fly together on Friday to commemorate the aircraft type’s 75th anniversary. Notably, AirVenture will be the first time the only two flying Superfortresses have shared the skies together.

B-25 Mitchell "Betty's Dream" - Texas Flying Legends MuseumB-29 Superfortress "Fifi" - Commemorative Air Force

We hope that many of you bomber fans out there can find your way to the show July 24-30th. We hope to see you there! For more information about what’s coming to AirVenture 2017, visit the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 thread on our forums.

WATCH: The Mighty B-52 Stratofortress Takes Off Right Over Your Head

The BUFF Is The Stuff!

It’s hard to beat the sight of a B-52 coming at you. One of the most iconic symbols of American air power, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress has been flying since the 1950’s, and is scheduled to remain in service for at least another 15 years. The crew at AirshowStuff.com love the mighty BUFF (Big Ugly Fat….Fellow), and here’s your chance to see this awesome piece of history up close in a unique end-of-runway view. In 2015, the B-52 made it’s first-ever appearance at the famed EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI.

Watch as the Stratofortress spools up its eight Pratt and Whitney TF-33 engines and rolls down the runway right at you! You get a head-on view as the B-52 lifts off and screams overhead. You’ll see this legend of the cold war’s unique landing gear retraction sequence, followed by an overhead pass with the scream of the engines so loud, you’ll almost feel the ground shaking below you! As the BUFF comes around for a final pass, you’ll see the smoke from the engines, the twinkle of the landing lights, and the sheer size of this massive warrior as it approaches. You’ll even get a “goodbye” wave from the crew as it passes down the runway toward you before departing. So set your video player to full screen, turn up the speakers, and enjoy every second of this awesome video in full HD, because you have one of the best seats in the house!

Be sure to browse the AirshowStuffVideos channel on YouTube for more great videos.

-Justin Miner

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EAA AirVenture 2017 To Feature The Only Two B-29s Still Flying – “Doc” and “FIFI” Confirmed For Oshkosh!

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Boeing B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" and Fireworks - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

This year’s EAA AirVenture is set to feature not one but TWO flying B-29 Superfortresses. That’s right, both “FIFI” and “Doc”, the only flying B-29s in the world, are planning to attend!

Earlier today, Doc’s Friends, the group behind the aircraft, announced four stops on the first half of Doc’s planned 2017 tour. Doc recently completed ‘phase one’ of the initial flight testing program following a lengthy restoration in Kansas, which allows it to be flown to airshows. These events will be important fundraising opportunities for the group, and an exciting opportunity for fans to see a ‘new’ and extremely rare aircraft. Be sure to check our forums for the other dates and updates at the rest of the schedule is announced!

Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Doc"Boeing B-29 Superfortress "FIFI"

The Commemorative Air Force had previously released a partial schedule for their B-29, FIFI. FIFI is authorized to give rides, and tours the country each year to raise money for the organization.

The two aircraft will cross paths in Oshkosh, WI this July 24-30, during the massive EAA AirVenture airshow. We look forward to bringing you the sights and sounds of this amazing meetup between the only airworthy B-29s!

Update: Eagle-eyed fans have pointed out that these aircraft will actually cross paths earlier in the year, as both are scheduled to attend the airshow at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana in May! This summer will be very exciting for B-29 fans!

“Doc” photo courtesy of Doc’s Friends

WATCH: The Best Of Military Aviation – February 2017

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Each month we bring you a compilation of the very best military aviation videos on our Youtube channel. These videos take you inside military operations all over the world for things like exercises, aircraft carrier operations, aerial refueling, and training missions. Please enjoy the February video, which you can watch below or view on Youtube: The Best Of Military Aviation – February 2017

A compilation of the best military aviation clips from February 2017. Featuring F-35 Lightning II landing practice, an amazing ten-ship V-22 Osprey formation, aerial refueling of B-1s and B-52s, aircraft carrier operations, and more!

Be sure to check out the other videos in the series as well by checking out the Best of Military Aviation video playlist!

[Video] The Best Of Military Aviation – December 2015

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Check out this amazing compilation of beautiful military aviation footage from December of 2015. No cheesy music or voiceovers, just raw footage taking you into the action whether it be an aerial refueling tanker or the deck of an aircraft carrier during nighttime operations. This footage has been made available to us by the US Department of Defense, and all video credit goes to those named in the Youtube description. We thank them for this incredible look into what the military does on a daily basis!

Avro Lancaster Suffers In-Flight Engine Fire In UK; All Safe After Emergency Landing

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BBMF Avro Lancaster Bomber Engine Fire
Photo by Karl Melson

All crew members are safe after an Avro Lancaster bomber made an emergency landing at its home base of RAF Coningsby Thursday afternoon. The Lancaster, which belongs to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, was flying over Lincolnshire, UK when a fire broke out in the engine compartment and forced the emergency landing.

Squadron Leader Emma Watkins told reporters they are working to determine the extent of the damage. At this time, there is no estimate on the financial cost to repair or if the engine is repairable.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group, operating from RAF Coningsby. Their mission is to commemorate World War II by participating in airshows and other events.

Seen Last Weekend: Incredible And Rare Bomber Formations At Barksdale And Dyess

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B-1B Lancer Bomber

It was a great weekend for bomber fans, as both Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and Dyess AFB in Texas hosted airshows that included some very special and often wished-for sights! Luckily for those of us who couldn’t make it, our friends at CAVU Images have posted video of these moments from the Dyess show. Watch below as a B-1B Lancer, a B-52 Stratofortress, and a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber fly by in an incredibly rare formation. Seeing just one of these aircraft at an airshow would be a certain highlight, but seeing them in the air together is incredible! These same three aircraft actually performed at both shows, flying by one and then transiting to the other.

The second video shows a bomber heritage flight; a B-1B in formation with a WWII-era A-26 Invader. Similar flights have been seen before, such as the B-17 Flying Fortress/B-52 flight at Barksdale AFB a few years ago, but they are very rare.