Over the last past two weekends, Mohave County residents were treated to a rare view of the B-17G Aluminum Overcast that touched down in Kingman and Lake Havasu City for a display.
Including the Aluminum Overcast, it is estimated that there are only 46 B-17s in existence today and only 11 are airworthy in the U.S., and the B-17G Pink Lady in France and the B-17G Sally B in United Kingdom are also airworthy. Of the remaining 46 B-17s, some are currently under restorations throughout the world; some are only museum displays and are unable to take to the air.
The 13 airworthy B-17s are:
• B-17F Boeing Bee owned by the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., is airworthy, but remains stored;
• B-17G Madras Maiden owned by the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Ore.;
• B-17G Sentimental Journey owned by Commemorative Air Force in Mesa, Ariz.;
• B-17G Memphis Belle (this was a movie stand-in) owned by the Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation in Anaheim, Calif., but is currently on loan to The Liberty Foundation in Claremore, Oka.;
• B-17G Fuddy Duddy owned by Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, Calif.;
• B-17G Nine-O-Nine owned by Collings Foundation in Snow, Mass.;
• B-17G Texas Raiders owned by Commemorative Air Force in Houston, Texas;
• B-17G Thunderbird owned by Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas;
• B-17G Aluminum Overcast owned by Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wis.;
• B-17G Miss Angela owned by Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calif.;
• B-17G Yankee Lady owned by Yankee Air Force in Belleville, Mich.;
• B-17G The Pink Lady is owned by Forteress Toujours Volante Association in Paris, is airworthy, but remains stored; and
• B-17G Sally B owned by B-17 Preservation Group, based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, United Kingdom.