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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B' won't fly in 2020
Jul 9th, 2020 at 7:46pm
B-17 Preservation ~ 'Sally B'

Coronavirus Grounds Sally B!

When IWM Duxford closed its doors to the public in March we were ready to embark on a very special year for our B-17, celebrating the 45th Anniversary of her arrival in the UK; her 75th Birthday and the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. We should have been well on the way to celebrate this special year and pay our traditional tribute to the many laid to rest at the American Cemetery at Madingley.
But this was not to be.

When June arrived, the deadly COVID-19 crisis had hit hard across the globe with the majority of the UK's airshow season cancelled or postponed. After much reflection, I had no option but to make the painful decision to cancel all flying of our B-17 for the entire 2020 display season, including the cancellation of our Roll of Honour Day in August.

While we wait for better times, it is good to know that our B-17ís maintenance was almost completed when the Coronavirus arrived and that Sally B is safe under cover in hangar T2 North at Duxford where she will remain out of the rain and wind, until spring 2021. Thank you IWM Duxford for your outstanding help with this.

With our B-17 grounded this year there is no revenue from airshows, no revenue from the walk throughs and from our sales stall at Duxford. Meaning there is no income to offset the high costs still needed even if Sally B is not flying, such as insurance, maintenance, engine repairs, spare parts, regulators fees, etc. Therefore,
please, please do help us if you possibly can.

Do look at our 2020 Anniversary Appeal on how you can help

Sally B Needs You!

Elly Sallingboe
B-17 Operator & Chairman of Trustees

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