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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. Constructors Number 32216. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-17G Flying Fortress serial number44-83575.

During 1952, this B-17 was parked during one an atomic test site in Nevada. Afterwards, 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.

In 1977, converted to a 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 Kissimmee Airport. Restored by Tom Reilly Vintage Aircraft to the wartime configuration. After restoration, flown around the United States as part of the Collings Foundation "Wings of Freedom" air show events touring airports in the United States.

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.

On October 2, 2019 took off from Bradley International Airport (BDL) at 9:45am and soon afterwards experienced problems and was attempting to return to land when it crashed at roughly 10:00am with seven dead and seven seriously injured. After the crash, caught fire and burned, temporarily closing the airport.

USAF Serial Number Search Results - Douglas/Long Beach B-17G-85-DL Fortress 44-83575
"83575 converted to TB-17H and then to SB-17G. Served as static test target for nuclear tests in Nevada. Sold on civilian market as N93012. Served as borate bomber for 20 years. Sold in January 1986 to Bob Collings and restored by Tom Reilly Vintage Aircraft. Damaged in landing accident Aug 23, 1987 at Beaver County Airport but repaired. Now owned and flown by Collings Children's Trust Fund painted as B-17G-30-BO 42-31909 'Nine-O-Nine'."
Collins Foundation - Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Hartford Courant "At least two killed, 12 injured, when World War II-era plane crashes at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport" October 2, 2019

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October 23, 2019


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