The B-17 Alliance Foundation would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all those who volunteered, supported, and attended our HONORING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT WEEK with the world famous Flying Fortress B-17 the Sentimental Journey, at the historic Salem McNary Airfield.
HONORING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT WEEK 2021 – MISSION COMPLETED
FLYING LEGENDS OF VICTORY TOUR: B-17 Sentimental Journey
Wartime Mission: Designed for daylight precision bombing, B-17s flew unescorted bombing missions over Europe for much of the war. B-17s were legendary for their ability to return home after taking brutal poundings. They dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs over Europe. A total of 12,731 B-17s produced by Boeing, Vega, and Douglas. Sentimental Journey is one of only five B-17s around the world actively flying today and was built in November, 1944. After World War II, B-17s were used for other military purposes including photo-mapping, atmospheric nuclear weapon testing drone control, fighting forest fires, and other civilian purposes.