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Boing B-17 - Rescue plane

06/10 2001, updated 31/10 2011   by PS

Boing B-17 - Rescue plane
Rescue plane
Boing B-17 - Rescue plane
Thunderball, 1965
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Thunderball - 1965
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Vehicle Bond is passenger in


The Boeing B-17 'Flying Fortress' used is modified for SAR (Search and Rescue) operations and it rescues Bond and Domino in the end sequence.

J.S. Brady reports:
'The Boeing B-17 used in the film was built under license from Boeing by Douglas Aircraft in California. It left for the Pacific a month before Japan's surrender in 1945. Interountain Aviation used the B-17 for firefighting and to develop the Fulton Skyhook and it was this plane which demonstrated the device in 'Thunderball'.
The bomber was acquired by Evergreen Aviation in 1975, and restored to original condition between 1987 and 1990. Today, fully restored though sporting the markings of a Bomb Group it never belonged to, it is on display in the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. It flies regularly, and is available for hire.'

Technical Data

  • Manufactor: Douglas (USA)
  • Type:Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Year: 1945
  • Length 74 ft 4 in (22,66 m)
  • Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in (31,62 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 1 in (5,82 m)
  • Empty: 36.135 lb (16.391 kg)
  • Max T/O: 65.500 lb (29.710 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 Wirth R-1820-96 Cyclone engines,
    Output 4800 hp (3580 kW)
  • Max Speed: 287 mph (462 kmh)
  • Range: 2.000 miles (3.219 km)
  • Crew: 10


  • Fulton Skyhook


Jane's Historic Military Aircraft recognition guide, Tony Holmes, HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, page 118.


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