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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/42-102715

B-17 Flying Fortress 42-102715

Serial #: 42-102715
Construction #: 8217
Civil Registration:
  N66573
Model(s):
  B-17G Flying Fortress
  TB-17G Flying Fortress
Name: None
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1998

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 42-102715, 19??.
Boy Scouts, Polo, IL, September 1946-1952.
- Displayed as memorial Polo Queen.
California Atlantic Airways, St. Petersburg, FL, April 12, 1952
- Purchased for $600.
- Registered as N66573.
Fairchild Aerial Surveys, September 8, 1953-1961.
- Purchased for $130,000.
- Litigation filed for ownership, $10,000 payed to U.S. Government to relinquish it's claim on the title.
- Flew as Batmobile #33
- Survey contracts in Middle East and SE Asia.
Ewing Aviation, Los Angeles, CA, November 20, 1961.
- Flew as #E85.
Black Hills Aviation, Spearfish, SD (Later Alamagordo, NM), July 15, 1964-1979
- Flew as tanker #A10, #B10, #10.
- Crashed while fire bombing, Cayuse Saddle, MT, July 1979.
Mountain Flying Museum, Missoula, MT, 1998.
- Acquired parts.

B-17 Flying Fortress 42-102715
B-17 Flying Fortress 42-102715
N66573 in 1967, flying as a tanker for Black Hills Aviation.
Note: aircraft is still in the colors of Fairchild Aerial Surveys.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Photo Source(s):
Ron Olsen.
Unknown.

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