B-17G 44-83575 Nine-O-Nine

Nine-O-Nine at Seattle (June 2011) 3595

Just a few sample pics of the B-17G 44-83575 Nine-O-Nine from my personal archives documenting the B-17s I have had the good fortune to see in person.

Flight aboard Nine-O-Nine, Olympia to Seattle 1998

I covered the Nine-O-Nine’s visit to the Northwest in 1998 and made my very first flight aboard a B-17, traveling from Olympia to Seatle. It was an incredible experience that we featured with a full-color full-page article centered on the flight and my grandfather. The flight was photographed on film, and these are scans of the prints. I’d like to think the negatives will turn up someday, but it is not likely. Note the Kingdome is still in Seattle at that time, and the Collings Foundation’s B-24 was still painted as “The Dragon and Its Tail” (now Witchcraft). Wish I had shot more in-flight photos of the B-24.

Nine-O-Nine, Detroit 2010

Nine-O-Nine at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash.; June 2011