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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

By Htam

2018_TAM_2524_D500.jpg@ Salinas, CA

September 2018

The Mesa, Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force brought the gleaming Sentimental Journey to the California International Airshow in Salinas.  Built by Douglas Aircraft and delivered in 1945, this B-17 saw a variety of postwar roles such as photo-mapping, air-sea rescue, and lastly as a DB-17P drone for in-flight exposure to atmospheric nuclear weapons testing. Pulled out of a boneyard in 1959, she flew for 18 years as a fire bomber before donation to the CAF in 1978. A 1985 restoration completed the transformation back to her wartime configuration. Nikon D500 w/Tamron 150-600mm.

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