Sunday 14th August. B17 Ferry Flight

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ianfisher 101
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Sunday 14th August. B17 Ferry Flight

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Captains. This week we're back in our B17's for a leg of what was the North Atlantic Ferry Route in WWII.

The North Atlantic air ferry route was a series of Air Routes over the North Atlantic Ocean on which aircraft were ferried between the United States and Great Britain during World War II to support combat operations in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). The route was developed as one of four major routes along which United States aircraft were ferried to the major combat areas. It originated at several Army Air Bases in New England, which permitted short range single-engined aircraft to be flown to Britain using a series of intermediate airfields in Newfoundland, Labrador, Greenland and Iceland. Long-range multi-engined aircraft could be flown from Newfoundland directly using Great Circle routes to airfields in Ireland and southwest England; or via the Azores to the UK or airfields in French Morocco to support Allied air forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO). Later in the war, air routes over the North Atlantic were developed from South Florida via Bermuda to the Azores.

We start this leg in the Faroe Islands at RAF Vagar which is 491 miles from Iceland. The airfield was used as a refueling, servicing and emergency landing base. Built by British Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers in 1942 after the pre-emptive occupation by British forces of the Danish Faroe Islands in 1940 following the occupation of Denmark by Nazi Germany. Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war.

The flight ends at RAF Prestwick in Scotland which is 467 miles from RAF Vágar and 852 miles from Iceland. Prestwick was the Initial ATC base in United Kingdom for receiving ferried aircraft from the United States. It began operations in July 1941 as the Eastern Terminus, Atlantic Division, Ferrying Command and in Jan 1943 became HQ Air Transport Command, Eastern European Wing. It remained as the primary terminus of the North Atlantic route throughout the war and stayed under United States control until 31 May 1945.

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Meet at: 1830z for a 1900z departure.

Meet on: Digital Theme Park on JoinFS.

Comms through A2A Discord channel.

Start at: EKVG

Aircraft: B-17

Local takeoff time: 1600.

Weather: Real
Spitfire : P-51 : L-049 : C172 : C182 : PA-24 : PA-28 : T-6 : P-40 : V35B : J-3 : P-47 : Anson : 504K : Albatros : B377 : HE-219

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Good memory sir. We were only talking about how hard it is to come up with something new. Oh well.
Spitfire : P-51 : L-049 : C172 : C182 : PA-24 : PA-28 : T-6 : P-40 : V35B : J-3 : P-47 : Anson : 504K : Albatros : B377 : HE-219

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We should do the whole thing as a tour sometime…..or have we already done that as well.
Spitfire : P-51 : L-049 : C172 : C182 : PA-24 : PA-28 : T-6 : P-40 : V35B : J-3 : P-47 : Anson : 504K : Albatros : B377 : HE-219

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June/July of last year. I think you were working some or all of the Fridays. Paughco started us off in Abbotsford and we flew across Canada, then Gypsy crated a route from Halifax to Lakenheath. viewtopic.php?f=79&t=72634.
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I'm going to miss this one :( I'll be in Waikiki from the 14th to the 25th. And the B-17 is my favorite ride as I have over 2000 hours in "Fearless Fosdick"
I need to look at some missions from Bassingbourn to Occupied France from the archives of the 91st BG,

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