When the government offered its surplus fleet of WWII combat aircraft for sale, there were very view B-17 buers and the few that did sell went to specialized operators that wanted to use the Fort as high-altitude camera platforms, cargo haulers, and bug sprayers. Unfortunately, many of these aircraft were written off in remote areas of the globe and it wasn't until the early 1970s that the aviation community began to realize the historical importance of the few surviving B-17s.
Scott set out with a very specific goal: To tell the post-war history of the B-17 in the US military where the former bombers were used for SAR, VIP transports, and target drones. The limited post-war use is very well presented, but the "meat" of the book is Scott's masterful accounting of the individual histories of each of the 48 surviving B-17s. Each survivor is presented in a great deal of detail, describing how the aircraft made it to 2009. Final Cut is illustrated with a wealth of illustrations more than 300) -- many of them new -- that show the aircraft during various stages of their lives.
The book (which contains 24 additional pages compared to earlier editions) ends with a hopeful note: Currently, there are a dozen flying B-17s and author predicts we will see this number grow to 17 during the next few years. If you are a B-17 enthusiast or a Warbird buff, this book is a must. (Review of 3rd edition of book) --Air Classics Magazine (February 2009)
2) First published in 2009, this work set the benchmark in 'warbird' history titles. Now substantially revised and updated, it awaits loyal owners looking to upgrade and an entirely new readership. Every surviving B-17 is given detailed provenance and the type's 'demobbed' career as drone, air-sea rescue, corporate transport, air tanker, duster, sprayer, and film star is lovingly chartered. Each page has at least one 'I never knew that' moment. (Review of 3rd edition of book) --FlyPast Magazine (April 2009)