Airplanes of the Eighth
Where to see B-17s and Mustangs for yourself.
- By Allison Hagerman
- Air & Space magazine, March 2007
When writer John Fleischman visited the England, for his story U.S. air museums. Here, a select list of places to view or fly aboard the aircraft, and brief backgrounds on each:
The Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast tours U.S. cities from spring to fall, and at other times resides at the AirVenture Museum. Also on display are a North American P-51D Mustang (now designated F-51D) and a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Tour schedule and more details at www.b17.org.
The Yankee Air Force sells rides on the B-17 Yankee Lady, a B-17G that flew in the 1970 movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Collings Foundation, Stow, Massachusetts
The Collings Foundation flies its B-17 Nine O Nine and its B-24 Witchcraft to dozens of airshows around the country.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
On display: P-51
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Washington, D.C.
On display: P-51, P-47
International B-24 Memorial Museum, Pueblo, Colorado
No B-24 on display, but lots of memorabilia.
On display: B-17 Miss Angela (available for tours daily), P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia
Features include B-17 interactive gunner exhibit.
On display: B-17, B-24, P-38, P-51, and two P-47s; the B-17 Memphis Belle is being restored for display some time after 2010.
Air & Space reader Govind Menon kindly suggested another addition to this list: The New Delhi, where visitors can see a rare Consolidated B-24 Liberator.