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  B-17G-85-DL "Nine-O-Nine" Serial Number 44-83575  
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Justin Taylan 2008

Aircraft History
Built by by Douglas at Long Beach under contract for Boeing. Delivered to the U. S. Army.

Postwar
During 1952, this B-17 was parked at an atomic test site in in Nevada and abandoned.

During April 1965, salvaged by Valley Scrap Metal of Phoenix, AZ. On May 5, 1965, acquired by Abe Sellards / Aircraft Specialties Inc of Mesa, AZ and and registered as N93012. Rebuilt and ferried to Mesa on May 14, 1965. Stored at Mesa from 1969 until 1977 and stripped for spare parts.

During 1977, converted to tanker at Mesa, AZ. Owned by Globe Air Inc. in Mesa, AZ and nicknamed "Lady of Yukka" with the fuselage code 99 and operated until 1985.

Next, acquired by the Collings Foundation and flown to Kissimee, FL on January 1, 1987 and restored to its wartime configuration. After restoration, this B-17 was flown around the United States to air shows and flying events.

On January 28, 1987 crashed while landing at Beaver County, PA. Afterwards, repaired and restored at Kissimee, FL by January 1991. Painted in the markings of B-17G "Nine-O-Nine" 42-31909.

In 1995, suffered an undercarriage collapse in Sioux City, IA. Repaired by July 10, 1995. Since then, this B-17 continues to fly in the Collins Foundation "Wings of Freedom" events and regularly tours the United States.

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January 9, 2018

 

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