Photographer's Note

Taken at the Wings of Freedom Tour at Moffett Field, this is the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress of World War II fame. One of only 14 B-17s still flying in the United States, this particular plane was built too late to see action in the War, but she served in the Air Force until 1952 when she was subjected to the effects of three different nuclear explosions. After a 13-year "cool down" period, she was sold as part of a scrap pile and was restored, serving for 20 years as a fire bomber tanker fighting forest fires, after which she was then sold and restored to her original wartime configuration. She now carries the name ("Nine-O-Nine") and markings of a 91st Bomb Group 323rd Squadron plane that completed 140 missions without an abort or loss of crewmember (but after the war was turned into scrap). Two other WWII bombers, a Consolidated B-24J and a North American B-25 Mitchell, were also a part of the Tour. What a sight to see! (More photos to come, hopefully). P.S. Note the commercial jetliner in the upper right corner, on approach to SFO.

Technical: Lighting adjusted and saturated slightly, cropped and sharpened.

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