B-17C/D "Sharktail"

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  1. Blue Yonder

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    I have read in several places that there is a single B-17 C/D Flying Fortress that survived the scrapyards throughout the United States after the Second World War. From what I gather, it is not airworthy, but I cannot seem to find any other information or pictures that verify that it does indeed exist. If anyone knows anything about this lone survivor, I would be extremely grateful. Pictures and location (if possible) would also help. Thanks.

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    The B-17D is the "Swoose" and is in storage at the NASM, Paul E. Garber Facility, Suitland, Maryland.
    It's the oldest surviving B-17 and also a combat veteran.

    Here's a link.....

    The "Swoose"

    TO
     
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    Wow, thanks. I really appreciate it. I never could have imagined that there was still a B-17C still around. Amazingly it doesn't look like it is not that bad in disrepair. It would be great if the museum restored it to flying condition. Can you imagine buying the plane for only $350 dollars at the end of the war?
     
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    There was a thread and some speculation on aerovintage about a new build B-17C. See http://aerovintage/b17news.htm . I had previously posted in error that this thread was on WIX. Sorry for the error. TonyM.
     
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    Tony, your link doesn't seem to work...?
     
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    You're right. It did before. The story is still there on that site.

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    Interesting TO, thanks for the link!:D
     
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    The rebuilding of a B-17E? or C like you said?
     
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