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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
WWII bomber to fly again
Sally B, the UK's only airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress, is to take to the skies once again.

The World War II bomber will take-off from the Imperial War Museum's Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire for the historic flight on Thursday.

Built in 1944, Sally B has been based at Duxford for 25 years, but has been grounded for the last two years for repairs.


B-17's were a common sight in Britain during WWII

East Anglian Film Archive
They undertook bombing raids from bases in the UK ( East Anglian Film Archive)


US Air Force B-17's dropped 640,036 tons of bombs on European targets during the war


Starring roles in films such as David Puttman's Memphis Belle have kept B-17's in the public eye ever since


The Sally B is the only remaining B-17 in flying condition


A new charity - the B-17 Charitable Trust - has been launched to maintain the aircraft


In between appearances at air shows, the Sally B will remain on display at Duxford.

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