Swedish B-17 Flying Fortresses

Swedish Fortresses, a new book on the B-17 in Sweden, has been announced by MMP Books.

Swedish Fortresses: The Boeing B-17 Fortress in Civil and Military Service 
Swedish Fortresses: The Boeing B-17 Fortress in Civil and Military Service
Author: Jan Forsgren
Illustrated by: Teodor Liviu Morosanu and Nils Mathisrud
ISBN: 978-83-89450-87-6
A4 hardback plus 8 A2 foldouts, 128 pages with 64 pages of color.
Publisher’s Description: Many USAAF aircraft landed in neutral Sweden during WW2. The Swedish authorities arranged to buy many of these from the US, to supplement their limited and aging aircraft stocks. The B-17 Flying Fortress was selected for conversion to an airliner, and Saab undertook the work. This book tells, for the first time in English, the story of these aircraft and their subsequent careers, in Sweden, Denmark and France. No other B-17s were ever used as airliners, so this is a unique addition to the well-known history of the Fortress. Illustrated with many photos, both contemporary and of surviving airframes, and with color profiles of the colour schemes carried by these aircraft. Detailed plans of the modified airframes are included. Story of the “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby” restoration is included.


Don't Do Loops in a B-17

Don’t roll or loop your B-17 bomber. Important pilot restrictions for the B-17 Flying Fortress from the Pilot’s Manual for Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress:

Pilot Instructions for B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber

  • DON’T lower flaps at speeds in excess of 147 mph!
  • DON’T dive in excess of 270 mph (with modified elevators).
  • WARNING: Some airplanes are restricted to 220-mph maximum diving speed, pending modification of the elevators. See warning placard in airplane.
  • DON’T exceed 46 inches Hg manifold pressure!
  • DON’T exceed 30 inches Hg below 2100 rpm!
  • DON’T stall the airplane! (except for training purposes.)
  • DON’T spin!
  • DON’T roll!
  • DON’T loop!
  • DON’T attempt inverted flight!
  • DON’T fly the airplane at maximum gross weight (64,500 pounds) UNLESS auxiliary wing tanks are full!
  • CAUTION: All power settings given in this section are for use with 100 octane fuel only. See appendix III for restrictions to be observed when using 91 octane fuel.