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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-85507

B-17 Flying Fortress 44-85507
N5116N during it's time as the flagship for the Chicago Tribune.

Serial #: 44-85507
Construction #: 8416 (-VE)
Civil Registration:
  N5116N
Model: B-17G-95-VE Flying Fortress
Name: None
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 1952

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-85507, 19??.
Esperado Mining Co, Altus OK, June 25, 1947.
- Purchased as scrap.
Robert R. McCormick/Chicago Tribune Newspaper, Chicago, IL, February 4, 1948-1952.
- Registered as N5116N.
- Converted to executive transport.
-- Fitted with beds, desk, library & swivel easy chair in nose.
- Used for business flights to Europe, Africa, South America, & the Caribbean.
Mark Hurd Mapping Co, Minneapolis, MN, June 12, 1952.
- Destroyed while operating of as camera ship under contract to AEC, NV, November 10, 1952.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
Photo Source(s):
M. O'Leary.

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