Planes Worth Mod­el­ing: Boe­ing B-17 Fly­ing Fortress

“Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby”

Model Airplane News - - CONTENTS - By Gerry Yarrish

“Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby” is a Boe­ing B-17 Fly­ing Fortress that was pre­served and is on pub­lic dis­play. A B-17G35-BO (SN 42-32076), it was named by her crew for a song of a sim­i­lar name sung by the An­drews Sis­ters, a fa­vorite of crew chief T/Sgt. Hank Cordes. Pho­to­graphs of the bomber in­di­cate that a third “Shoo” was added to the name at some point in May 1944 when the orig­i­nal air­craft com­man­der com­pleted his tour of duty and was re­placed by an­other pi­lot.

Last flown in July 1961, the air­craft was do­nated to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in

1972, when French of­fi­cials pre­sented it to Sec­re­tary of the Air Force Robert C. Sea­mans

Jr. for preser­va­tion. The jour­ney from France re­quired the as­sis­tance of the USAF in Europe to dis­as­sem­ble and crate the plane for truck ship­ment to Rhein-Main Air Base in Ger­many, where it was then air­lifted to the United States by a C-5A Galaxy trans­port.

Restora­tion was un­der­taken be­tween 1978 and 1988 at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Delaware, by the 512th Air­lift Wing. In 1981, Tony Starcer re-cre­ated his orig­i­nal nose art at Dover AFB for the re­built Fortress. The air­craft was then flown to Day­ton, Ohio, on Oc­to­ber 13, 1988; re­stored as “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby,” and put on dis­play at the Na­tional Mu­seum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Pat­ter­son AFB.

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