Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-8846/F-AZDX ‘Pink Lady’ made its last flight on March 19.
March 29: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-8846/F-AZDX ‘Pink Lady’ made its last flight on March 19 into the grass airfield at La Ferte-Alais in France where it is set to become one of the main exhibits of a new hangar entitled the ‘1939-1945 Memorial’.
‘Pink Lady’ is a genuine war veteran, delivered on March 26, 1945 to the US Army Air Force’s 351st Bomb Group based at Polebrook in Northamptonshire, England. It flew six missions with the 511th Bomb Squadron until the war came to an end in May.
One of a handful of war-weary B-17s bought by the French state survey company IGN, 44-8846 received the registration F-BGSP and served for 30 years. Jean Salis bough the aircraft in 1985 and founded the ‘Forteresse Toujours Volante’ association, which has operated the aircraft for the last 25 years as F-AZDX.
The association hopes that this is not a permanent grounding and plans to have the aircraft flying again one day – an ambitious idea is to have it flying on the centenary of the end of the Second World War in 2045!