B-17  “Chuckie”

B 17 140x96The B-17 was developed in the 1930’s as a four-engine heavy bomber, and first flew in 1935 as a prototype.  Accepted for service in 1938, the  B-17 evolved through several major variants, and served as the primary daylight precision bomber that dropped more bombs in WWII than any other aircraft.
The B-17 began operations in the war with the RAF in 1941 as a long range bomber.  She went on to serve in every theatre of the war, and served in one foreign military until 1968.  While heavily armed, the B-17 was not able to operate with acceptable losses until the advent of the long range escort fighter.
“Chuckie” is one of only 13 currently airworthy.  She was built  by Vega in 1944 destined to be a rare “pathfinder” ship with the top secret BTO radar in place of the usual belly turret.  This is the only remaining pathfinder anywhere, and she flies in the livery of the 486th Bomb Group (H), Sudbury.

Country: USA

Manufacturer: Boeing, Douglas & Vega

Engine: Wright R-1820-97 Cyclones x 4

Horsepower: 1200 hp

Max Speed: 287 mph

Weight: 65,000 lbs

Ceiling: 35,600 feet

Crew: 10

The B-17 Flying Fortress “Chuckie” was acquired by the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon, in June 2013. It left the Military Aviation Museum for its cross-country flight to Oregon on Saturday, June 27, 2013.

Fighter Factory operates and mainatins many WWII & WWI flying military aircraft including:

Fighters | Bombers | Trainers |Liaison & Other historical Military antiques

Spitfire | P-51 Mustang | Hawker Hurricane | TMB Avenger | P-40 Curtiss | PBY Catalina | FG-1D | SNJ-2 | T28-D | Corsair | Polikarpov PO-2 | Polikarpov I-15bis | Polikarpov I-16 Rata | Polikarpov I-163 | YAK | A-26 Invader | Junkers JU-52 | Sopwith Strutter | Tiger Moth DH-82A | SPAD SXIII | FM-2 Wildcat | Stearman N2S-3 | AD-4 Skyraider | Alabtros D.Va | Beechcraft T-34B | Bell P-63 | Bleriot X1 | Peashooter P26-D | Jungmeister 133C | Chipmunk DGC-1 | WACO YMF-5 | V1 Flying Bomb | Focke Wolfe FW-44J | Fokker Tri-Planes | Fokker Bi-Planes | Halberstadt | TG-4A | Russian LA-9 | Nieuport model 11 |

The above list is incomplete and we have more aircraft available at the museum


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Fighter Factory

is the restoration & maintenance & facility for the
Military Aviation Museum.

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The new hangar was recently built in April 2011 on the grounds of the Virginia Beach Airport adjacent to the Museum

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We employ a team of 15 highly skilled and experienced aviation technicians to ensure our aircraft remain safely in flight operational status. Meeting all FAA standards as required

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In addition to aircraft maintenance, Fighter Factory staff are also involved in much of the aircraft restoration projects, either on-site or at remote locations.

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Whenever new aircraft are acquired for the museum it is the responsibility of Fighter Factory staff to become technically proficient and knowledgeable in that particular aircraft. To ensure flight safety for pilots & ground crew

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