B-17 Flying Fortress at Sugar Land Airport

We had a B-17 Flying Fortress visit our airport last week as part of a promotional event for the local flying school.  This B-17 is a beautiful restoration by the Texas Raiders group and has been used in many air shows along with several movies.

Originally built in the late 1930’s, the B-17 flew mainly out of airfields in southern England to run bombing missions over Germany during WWII.  Although the plane wasn’t pressurized, it had a ceiling of 30,000+ feet (the crew wore pressurized flight suits and oxygen), a speed of around 300 mph, a range of 2,000 miles, could carry 17,000 pounds of bombs (normal bomb loads were around 6,000 lbs.),  and had up to thirteen 50-cal. machine guns.  The plane normally had a crew of 10 airmen.

I got to climb up into the airplane and squeeze my way through the fuselage to the rear door, snapping pictures as I went.  Here’s a few shots :

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About Wayne to the Max

Active writer, dancer, traveler, Christian and father, aviation enthusiast, photographer, music lover and a DJ, hiker, Harley driver and fine wine drinker. My digital photo artist page: www.WayneToTheMax.com
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