Flying Programme

One of our most important events in the flying calendar is our annual tribute flypast following the Memorial Day service at Madingley American Military Cemetery, Cambridge. This takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend and has been a key event for Sally B for 40 years now, along with flypasts over former Eighth Air Force bases which we carry out whenever possible during the summer months.

This is what Sally B is really all about, paying tribute to all those young airmen who gave their lives during the Second World War.

The aircraft’s mission was eloquently portrayed by team member Richard Bird, who wrote down his reflections after flying in Sally B for the very first time:

“Flying over Madingley and the Eighth Air Force bases was an extremely humbling experience for me. Looking back now on that warm, sunny day, I realise why it is so important to keep Sally B flying.

You can only understand so much from reading about the history of these aircraft and the men who flew in them. When you experience actually flying in a B-17, it takes on a whole new meaning.

Sitting in the nose, or standing at the waist, and scanning the sunny countryside below was amazing, and all those bases scattered across East Anglia, just a stone’s throw from each other, made me realise for the first time the enormity of what Sally B represents.

As the aircraft swept over East Anglia on this glorious afternoon, I thought about what happened all those years ago and the young guys who made up the crews of B-17s and went into battle, not knowing if they would ever return. Just like me they were flying in these great Flying Fortresses, but doing so while frozen at 35,000 feet, trying to avoid the fields of flak, and looking out for enemy fighters. It was quite a different matter altogether.

I don’t know how those guys did it.”

 

Sally B Air Shows and Flypasts

The list will be regularly updated, so do visit this page again for the very latest information.

Displays and Venues 2016

Venues listed here are ALL CORNFIRMED and subject to unforeseen circumstances such as aircraft unserviceability, weather etc, our B-17 should appear.  Training dates may change depending on weather. More venues will be added as they are confirmed

 

  May    
  10 Tue Duxford & Cambridge Crew Training
  28 Sat Duxford The American Air Show
  29 Sun Duxford The American Air Show
  29 Sun Eye Flypast for the 490th Bomb Group Memorial unveiling
  30 Mon Madingley Sally B will not take part in the official ceremony but will circle the graves to pay our tribute.
  30 Mon East Kirkby    Not Landing
       
  June    
  02 Thu Duxford Crew Training
  11 Sat Biggin Hill Festival of flight - Not landing
  17 Fri Bristol Airport Ferry flight
  18 Sat Weston-super-Mare Land Bristol Airport
  19 Sun Weston-super-Mare Land Bristol Airport
  19 Sun Welshpool Not landing
       
  July    
  01 Fri Church Fenton Ferry flight
  02 Sat Church Fenton The great Yorkshire airfest
  03 Sun Church Fenton The great Yorkshire airfest
  08 Fri Farnborough Validation flight - Not landing
  09 Sat Duxford Flying Legends
  10 Sun Duxford Flying Legends
  15 Fri Farnborough Ferry Flight
  16 Sat Farnborough Farnborough International Airshow
  17 Sun Farnborough Farnborough International Airshow
  31 Sun Old Buckenham Not landing
       
  August    
  06 Sat Damyns Hall Not landing
  07 Sun Damyns Hal Not landing
  13 Sat Eastbourne Not landing
  14 Sun Duxford OFFICIAL ROLL OF HONOUR
  25 Sat Clacton Not landing
  26 Sun Clacton Not landing
       
  September    
  03 Sat Cosby The Victory Show - Not landing
  o4 Sun Cosby The Victory Show - Not landing
  10 Sat Duxford The Duxford Air Show
  11 Sun Duxford The Duxford Air Show
  11 Sun Podington Flypast - Not landing
       
       

 

Displays and Venues 2015

Venues listed here are ALL CORNFIRMED and subject to unforeseen circumstances such as aircraft unserviceability, weather etc, our B-17 should appear.  Training dates may change depending on weather. More venues will be added as they are confirmed

 

  May    
  10 Sun Duxford & Cambridge Crew Training
  22 Fri Grafton Underwood Flypast at 11.50 for the 384th bomb group memorial
  23 Sat Duxford VE Day Anniversary Air Show
  24 Sun Duxford VE Day Anniversary Air Show
  25 Mon Madingley Sally B will not take part in the official ceremony but will circle the graves at 14.00 to pay our tribute.
  25 Mon East Kirkby    Not Landing
       
  June    
  12 Fri RAF Northolt Ferry Flight
  13 Sat RAF Northolt Static & Flying Display
  13 Sat Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
  20 Sat Weston-super-Mare Weston Air Festival-Landing Bristol
  21 Sun Weston-super-Mare Weston Air Festival
  28 Sun Cleethorpes Not Landing
       
  July    
  11 Sat Duxford Flying Legends Air Show
  12 Sun Duxford Flying Legends Air Show
     
  August    
  7 Fri Duxford Training Flight
  8 Sat Damyns Hal Not Landing
  9 Sun Damyns Hall Not Landing
  10 Mon Blackpool Not Landing
  16 Sun Duxford OFFICIAL ROLL OF HONOUR
  21 Fri Bournemouth Landing Bournemouth Airport
  22 Sat Bournemouth Landing Bournemouth Airport
  22 Sat Shoreham Cancelled
  23 Sun Bournemouth Not landing - depart after display
  23 Sun Shoreham Cancelled
  27 Thu Clacton Not Landing
  28 Fri Clacton Not Landing
  29 Sat Dunsfold Not Landing
  30 Sun Dunsfold Not Landing
       
  September    
  4 Fri North Weald Ferry flight to Duxford
  5 Sat Podington Santa Pod Raceway - not landing
  5 sat Portrush NI Not Landing
  5 Sat Ayr Scottish Air Show - Landing Prestwick
  6 Sun Prestwick Scottish Air Show - Static AM
  6 Sun Cosby Not Landing
  6 Sun Seething Not Landing
  12 Sat Old Sarum Not Landing
  19 Sat Duxford Main Air Show
  20 Sun Duxford Main Air Show
       

 

Displays and Venues 2014

Venues listed here are ALL CORNFIRMED and subject to unforeseen circumstances such as aircraft unserviceability, weather etc, our B-17 should appear.  Training dates may change depending on weather. More venues will be added as they are confirmed

  May    
  12 Mon Duxford & Cambridge Crew Training, cancelled due weather
  15 Thu Duxford & Cambridge Crew Training weather back up
  24 Sat Duxford D-Day Anniversary Show
  25 Sun Duxford D-Day Anniversary Show
  26 Mon Madingley Sally B will not take part in the official ceremony but will circle the graves at 14.35 to pay our tribute.
  26 Mon    East Kirkby    American Air Day – not landing
     
  June    
  14 Sat   RAF Northolt Sally B’s appearance cancelled by event organiser
  14 Sat   Biggin Hill        Not landing  
  15 Sun Snetterton Not landing
  21 Sat Weston-super-Mare Weston Air Festival-Landing Bristol
  22 Sun Weston-super-Mare Weston Air Festival-Landing Bristol
  28 Sat Chalke Valley Not landing-Landing Bristol
  29 Sun Chalke Valley Not landing-Return to Duxford
       
  July    
  5 Sat Waddington Arrive Friday
  6 Sun Waddington Depart after show
  12 Sat   Duxford Flying Legends Air Show
  13 Sun Duxford Flying Legends Air Show
  13 Sun  Podington Santa Pod Raceway - not landing
  20 Sun Duxford Training
       
  August    
  3 Sun Highclere Castle Display at 1740
  10 Sun Duxford Training
  17 Sun    Duxford OFFICIAL ROLL OF HONOUR
  21 Thu RAF Marham RAF families day, arriving at 1130, display at 1630
  29 Fri   Bournemouth  
  30 Sat Bournemouth  
  31 Sun      Bournemouth Depart after display   
  30 Sat Shoreham Not landing
  31 Sun  Shoreham Not landing
       
  September  
  3 Wed Duxford Ferry to Switzerland, Landing Payerne 1630
  4 Thu Payerne AB Air 14 – Practice flying display
  6 Sat     Payerne AB Air 14 – Static display only
  7 Sun     Payerne AB Air 14 – Flying display
  8 Mon Payerne AB Departure 1045
  13 Sat Duxford   Main Air Show
  14 Sun Duxford   Main Air Show
       

 

Displays and Venues 2013

Venues listed here are ALL CORNFIRMED and subject to unforeseen circumstances such as aircraft unserviceability, weather etc, our B-17 should appear.  Training dates may change depending on weather. More venues will be added as they are confirmed

  May    
  12 Sun Duxford & Cambridge Crew Training
  18 Sat Duxford Crew Training weather back up
  26 Sun Duxford All-American 70th anniversary theme
  27 Mon Duxford & Madingley Memorial Flyby
       
  June    
  1 Sat Pardubice (CZ) Sally B did not fly due bad weather over Germany
  2 Sun Pardubice (CZ) Sally B did not fly due bad weather over Germany
  8 Sat Duxford & Cambridge Cancelled
  9 Sun Cosford Dispay around 1640 - not landing
  22 Sat Manston South East Airshow
  29 Sat Saint Nazaire (F) Airbus Families Day - depart 27 June
  30 Sun Ile de Noirmoutiers (F) Memorial flypast over beach - return 1 July
       
  July    
  5 Sat Duxford Training
  13 Sat Duxford Flying Legends Air Show
  14 Sun Duxford Flying Legends Air Show
  20 Sat Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo - not landing
  20 Sat East Kirkby Not landing
  27 Sat Cleethorpes Sally B did not fly due bad weather
  28 Sun Cleethorpes Not landing
       
  August    
  3 Sat Damyns Hall Sally B did not fly due bad weather
  4 Sun Damyns Hall Upminster Essex - not landing
  18 Sun Duxford OFFICIAL ROLL OF HONOUR
  30 Fri Bournemouth Air Festival
  31 Sat Bournemouth Air Festival
  31 Sat Shoreham Not landing
       
  September    
  1 Sun Bournemouth Air Festival
  1 Sun Shoreham Not landing
  7 Sat Duxford Duxford Main Air Show
  7 Sat Cosby Victory show - not landing
  8 Sun Duxford Duxford Main Air Show
  8 Sun Seething Seething Air Day - not landing
  14 Sat Castlereagh (Belfast) Memorial Fly Past Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery
  15 Sun Dublin (IRL) Flightfest - Overfly river Liffey
  21 Sat Sywell Private event
       
  October    
  13 Sun Duxford Autumn Air Show
       

 

Displays and Venues 2012

Venues printed in bold are CONFIRMED (C) and subject to unforseen circumstances such as aircraft unserviceability, weather etc, our B-17 should appear.

Because of airspace restrictions caused by the Olympics, air shows have had to move away from this period - July 27th to August 12th.

  May    
  05 Sat Duxford & Cambridge (C) Crew Training
  27 Sun Duxford (C) The Jubilee Air Show
  28 Mon Madingley Military Cemetary (C) Sally B's own tribute to the fallen. (As our B-17 was not invited to fly in the official USAF ceremony, she will pay her own tribute after the ceremony at 12.30)
  June  
  01 Fri RAF Odiham (C) Family Day - land 14.00
  23 Sat Lowestoft (C) Seafront Display 
      Sally B will land at Norwich International Airport and stay overnight
  24 Sun Lowestoft (C) Seafront Display 
  30 Sat Duxford (C) Flying Legends Air Show 
     
   July    
  01 Sun Duxford (C) Flying Legends Air Show 
  04 Wed RAF Feltwell (C) USAF 4th July celebration
  08 Sun Thurleigh (C) Sally B did not fly due bad weather
  08 Sun Tibenham (C) Sally B did not fly due bad weather
  14 Sat Knettishall (C) Flight for the 338th BG Memorial Dedication
     
  August   
  05 Sun Damyns Hall Due to Olympic air space restrictions Sally B's display had to be cancelled
  11/12 Eastbourne (C) Eastbourne organisers have cancelled our B-17's display on both days. The reason given is Olympics restrictions. We would have loved to participate but it is out of our hands
  17 Fri Duxford (C) American Air Day
  18 Sat Portsmouth (C) Airshow is cancelled
  19 Sun Sywell (C) No landing at venue
  26 Sun Duxford Training
  26 Sun Little Gransden (C) No landing at venue
       
  September    
  01 Sat Shoreham (C) No landing at venue
  02 Sun Shoreham (C) No landing at venue 
  01 Sat Oxford (C) Airshow is cancelled
  02 Sun Oxford (C) Airshow is cancelled
  08 Sat Duxford (C) Main Air Show 
  09 Sun Duxford (C) Main Air Show
  30 Sun Duxford (C) ROLL OF HONOUR UNVEILING
       
  October    
  14 Sun Duxford (C) Autumn Air Show
     

 

 

 

 


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