B-17 Flying Fortress ... Nine-O-Nine
B-17G-85-DL, 44-83575, civil register N93012, was flown by The Collings Foundation, Stow, Massachusetts. This historic aircraft appeared at airshows marked as the historic Nine-O-Nine, and participated 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.
On October 2, 2019, Nine-O-Nine crashed at the end of the runway while landing at Bradley International AIrport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Surviving B-17 Flying Fortresses
A total of 40 surviving B-17 airframes are located in the United States. Nine (9) B-17s are still airworthy today. An additional eighteen (18) B-17s are on static display around the United States, and thirteen (13) aircraft are undergoing restoration or are in storage.
Seven (7) more B-17s are located in the UK, France and Brazil.