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Photo ID: 1011335
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Model: B-17G-90-DL Flying Fortress Registration: N3713G
Year: 1943-44 Serial Number: 44-83684, c/n 32325
Engine(s): Wright R1820-97, 1200-HP Owner: Air Museum
Buena Park, CA
Location: Planes of Fame Museum
Chino, CA
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, October Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 2/27/04 - October 25, 2003 was not a good picture-taking day. The forest fires in the L.A. area were at their height. The air was filled with smoke and ash fell like light snow.

The first two shots were taken just as the sun came up. The smoke was not quite to the eastern horizon, so it shone on the B-17 for a short time. The two colors of green are from morning dew.

Boeing B-17G-90-DL, serial number 44-83684 is one of 2395 B-17's built by Douglas. As c/n 32325, it was assembled at the Long Beach, CA plant.

In 1947 or later 44-83684 was converted to a DB-17G. The DB-17Gs directed the QB-17Ls, the radio-controlled B-17's which were used in atomic bomb testing and as targets for testing missiles. Around 1955 it was converted to a DB-17P, a later version of the DB-17G.

Photo ID: 1011336
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Notes: This aircraft was the last operating USAF Flying Fortress. It was sent to Davis-Monthan AFB in 1959 and in 1960 was transferred to Planes Of Fame. It was used in the TV series "12 O'clock High" from 1964-66, and played in several movies. The "Picadilly Lily" was withdrawn from use in 1975.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011337
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Notes: Later in the day and not much better for photos! Note that the bomb bay doors are now open!

This is one of many exciting aircraft at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
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