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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/42-29782

B-17 Flying Fortress 42-29782
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Serial #: 42-29782
Construction #: 4896
Civil Registration:
  N6015V
  N17W
Model(s):
  B-17F-70-BO Flying Fortress
  RB-17F
  TB-17F
Name: Boeing Bee
Status: Stored
Last info: 2011

History:
City Of Stuttgart, AR, September 1946-1953
- Displayed as war memorial.
Gerald C. Francis, Stuttgart, AR, 1953
Max & John Biegert, Lincoln, NE, April 1953.
- Registered as N6015V.
- Acquired title for $20,000.
- Disassembled and rebuilt with new bolts and taper pins.
- Modified with L-8 cargo door (according to California-Atlantic Airways Drawings).
Max L. Biegert, Lincoln, NE, March 1954-1961.
- Registered as N17W.
- Flown as sprayer.
- Fitted with 7 spray tanks and 2 F-94 underwing drop tanks.
- Leased to Central Aircraft Corp, Yakima, WA, 1954-1955
- Leased to Abe Sellard, Stafford, AZ, 1960-1961
-- Converted to fire tanker May 1960.
-- Flown as taker #E84.
Abe's Aerial Service, Stafford, AZ, October 1961-1963
Aircraft Specialties Inc., Mesa AZ, April 17, 1963-1981
- Flew as tanker #C84, #C44, #44, #04.
- Flew in movie "1000 Plane Raid", 1968.
- Flew in movie Tora! Tora! Tora! , January 1969.
Globe Air Inc., Mesa, AZ, February 18, 1981-1985
- Flew as tanker #04.
Bob Richardson/Portage Bay, Inc., Seattle, WA, June 11, 1985-1990.
- Ariived Boeing Field, Seattle, WA from Mesa, AZ, June 20, 1989.
- Flown to Duxford, UK for use in movie Memphis Belle, June 27, 1989.
Museum Of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA, September 1990-2011.
- Restored to airworthy by Boeing, 1991-1998.
- First flight, May 9, 1998.
- Flew as Boeing Bee, 1998-2003.
- Stored.

Source(s):
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
Federal Aviation Administration, 2011.
Joe Baugher's Serial Numbers Page
Thompson, Scott A. - Final Cut: The Post-War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors (4th Edition)
Photo Source(s):
Arnold Swanberg
Ken Jones
W.T. Larkins.
Timothy Cox Photography

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