B-17G Flying Fortress Nine-O-Nine Nose Art
Dimensions: 40" x 18"
No longer needing to avoid the flax filled skies and hostile enemy planes. The B-17 Nine-O-Nine is a living history display for our country and a thankful nation.
Perceived as the most loved and revered bomber of World War II. The B-17 Flying Fortress takes to the skies once more.
The B-17G Nine-O-Nine has is back to its wartime glory days. With the help and support of a charitable foundation called the "Collings Foundation".
The B-17 Flying Fortress manufactured at Long Beach, CA. Manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company went into service on April 7, 1945.
Despite the fact that the war was over the bomber served a major role in the Air/Sea first Rescue Squadron. Then it served in the Military Air Transport Service.
The Collings Foundation B-17 was not the original bomber that served in World War II. It's named "Nine-O-Nine" was a tribute to a 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Squadron plane of a similar name. The original Nine-O-Nine finished 140 missions without a crash or loss of any of its crew members.
The first "B-17G Flying Fortress Nine-O-Nine" went out to battle on February 25, 1944. By April 1945, she had made eighteen bombing missions into Berlin. It dropped an amazing 562,000 pounds of bombs and had flown a total of 1,129 hours.
After serving in Europe the B-17 was flown back to the United States. While the rigors of war were unable to defeat the "Nine-O-Nine" it had to succumb to the fate of the scrapper's guillotine.
Time-tested nose art is still enduring and thriving in the current century. Although it came out nearly a century ago, it still continues to be used in the world today. The stereotypical themes and finishing of the work have radically changed. Fighter planes wearing artworks seen in the current scenario use slogans, not of war but of peace. They use nicknames, quotes from movies, lines from popular songs, etc. At a greater degree of personalization, people paint their names, nicknames, personal messages, etc. on the sides of their airplanes.