B-17G 44-83785 Shady Lady

B-17 (Evergreen 2015) 5146

Just a few pics of the B-17G 44-83785 Shady Lady from my personal archives documenting the B-17s I have had the good fortune to see in person. This Flying Fortress has a history with the CIA operations and developing new techniques like the retrieval of personnel or equipment without landing. A demonstration of the Skyhook procedure can be seen in the James Bond movie Thunderball.

When I first photographed this Flying Fortress, it was part of the collection at Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore., but has since been purchased by the Collings Foundation.

B-17G 44-83785; Evergreen Aviation Museum 2015