Cheyenne Army Airfield

Airfield

Object Number - UPL 45630 - B-17's being processed at the Boeing/United Airlines B-17 Modification Center at Cheyenne AAF, Wyoming

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Detailed History

During World War II the airport was a completion and modification center for B-17s. Captain Ralph S. Johnson was a test pilot for the then United States Army Air Corps, forerunner to the United States Air Force. The tail turret on the B-17 is known as the "Cheyenne" turret because it was invented at Cheyenne. United Airlines maintained its Douglas DC-3s at Cheyenne; in 1946 it had 1400 employees based locally.[3] Until 1961 the airport was the training center for United Airlines stewardesses from across the country.

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Battle wagon
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 384th Bomb Group 546th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Knucklehead
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ill Get By
  • Unit: 390th Bomb Group 568th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Phyllis
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 526th Bomb Squadron

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