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B-17 Flying Fortress Surviving Airplane ... Nine-O-Nine

B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" S/N 44-83575

B-17G-85-DL, 44-83575, civil register N93012, is owned and flown by The Collings Foundation, Stow, Massachusetts. This historic aircraft currently appears at airshows marked as the historic Nine-O-Nine, and participates in the Wings of Freedom tours around the country.

Nine-O-Nine was assigned to the 323rd Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group, and completed 140 combat missions during World War II. This is believed to be the Eighth Air Force record for most missions, and never lost a crewman as a casualty.

The Collings Flying Fortress was built at Long Beach, CA by the Douglas Aircraft Company and accepted in April of 1945. Although too late to see combat, #44-83575 did serve air-sea rescue duties as part of the Air/Sea 1st Rescue Squadron and later in the Military Air Transport Service.

The photos below of "Nine-O-Nine" were taken in March of 13 when the Wings of Freedom tour stopped at Pounds Regional Airport in Tyler, Texas.

Other Surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses

A total of 39 surviving B-17 airframes are located in the United States. Twelve B-17 are still airworthy today, two F models, and 10 B-17G models. An additional 18 B-17s are on static display around the United States, and 9 aircraft are undergoing restoration or are in storage.

View a list of all surviving B-17 Flying Fortress with models, serial numbers, aircraft name, restoration status and location by state.


B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" Photos by Planes of the Past

B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation

B-17G "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation

B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" on the Wings of Freedom Tour in Tyler Texas (March 2013)

B-17G "Nine O Nine" on the Wings of Freedom Tour in Tyler Texas (March 2013)

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" of the Collings Foundation

Front guns on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine"

Front guns on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine"

Tail section of the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 231909 "Nine O Nine"

Tail section of the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 231909 "Nine O Nine"

Rear view of the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine"

Rear view of the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine"

Rear guns on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" seen at Tyler Pounds Airport in Texas

Rear guns on the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" seen at Tyler Pounds Airport in Texas