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B-17 Bomber

On July 14th, a trip was made to a visiting Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey, now part of the Confederate Air Force.

Sentimental Journey came off the Douglas assembly line in late 1944 and served in the Pacific. After the war, it was transferred to Elgin Field Florida for service as an air-sea rescue craft and in 1959 went into military storage at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Tucson Arizona. It was then sold to a California corporation for service as a borate bomber, flying thousands of sorties against forest fires throughout the country.

In January 1978 at the formation of the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force, the announcement was made of the donation of B-17G #N9323Z to the Confederate Air Force for assignment to the Arizona Wing. It was then disassembled, and painstakingly restored to its original World War II configuration.

Wing Span: 103 ft. 9 3/8 in.
Length: 74 ft. 3.9 in.
Height: 19 ft. 2.44 in.
Powerplant: Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone X 4 *
Empty Weight: 36,134 lbs.
Gross Weight: 65,000 lbs.
Cruising Speed: 160 mph
Top Speed: 302 mph
Ceiling: 36,400 ft.
Range: 3750 miles
Fuel Capacity: 2,780 gallons carried in wing
Consumption: 200 gallons per hour
Oil Capacity: 37 gallons per wing
Crew: 10
Bomb Load: 8000 lbs
Armament: 13 X .50 caliber machine guns

* Two of which were manufactured at the Studebaker plant.

 

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Also on hand from Boeing, a vintage Stearman:

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