Film Star Wins Role at Scampton Airshow
Published: 20 Jul 2017
The countdown is on! With just 50 days to go until the very first Scampton Airshow, organisers are pleased to announce a famous addition to the show. One of the best-loved warbirds on the UK airshow circuit, and a star of many films including Memphis Belle, will play a leading role in the inaugural Scampton Airshow which takes place at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on September 9-10. Visitors are encouraged to buy their tickets soon to avoid missing out on this aviation spectacular.
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B, Europe's sole airworthy example of this famous Second World War bomber though a familiar sight in the Lincolnshire skies during the conflict, will take part in the flying programme, alongside another legendary US fighter aircraft - the P-51 Mustang.
Sally B acts as a flying memorial to the tens of thousands of Allied airmen who lost their lives in the European theatre during World War Two, and in particular those of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces who flew from British soil, including Lincolnshire, between 1942 and 1945. It has been operated in private hands since it first arrived in the UK in 1975, a unique record for a heavy four-engined bomber. B-17 Preservation, under the leadership of Elly Sallingboe, has - with the assistance provided by the members of the Sally B Supporters' Club - ensured that this aeroplane's vital commemorative work goes on. Given the expense involved in keeping such an aircraft flying, this is no small task.
The legend of the B-17 in US Army Air Force service was forged in the European theatre, where the aircraft started carrying out missions during 1942. Conducting hazardous daylight bombing raids over occupied Europe, losses to enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire were heavy, even with the provision of better escort fighters and the legendarily tough airframe of the Flying Fortress, but as the Allies gained air superiority things started to improve. The B-17's contribution to Allied success cannot be underestimated. At the Scampton Airshow, Sally B - a B-17G model, built in 1945 - will recall that, as well as the type's use post-war in second-line roles with the newly formed US Air Force.
Scampton Airshow tickets can only be purchased in advance at www.scamptonairshow.com. Tickets are priced at £39 with all under 16s able to enjoy the airshow free when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder.