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Serial #: 44-85828
Construction #:
  8737 (-VE)
Civil Registration:
  N9323R
Model(s): B-17G Flying Fortress
Name: I'll Be Around
Status: Static Display
Last info: 2012

History:
Built for USAAF as 44-85828.
Delivered to US Coast Guard as Bu. 77254
- BOC: August 14, 1945.
- SOC: October 1959.
- Put up for disposal at NAS Elizabeth City, NC, October, 1959
Joe E. Marrs, Opa Locka, FL, March 8, 1960.
- Registered as N9323R.
Serv-Air Inc, Westchester, NY, April 9, 1960-1962.
Tropical Export Trading Co, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 23, 1962.
Hugh Wheelus/Dothan Aviation, Dothan, AL, July 17, 1962.
- Converted for aerial spraying, July 1962.
Black Hills Aviation, Spearfish, SD, October 4, 1962-1969.
- Converted from sprayer to tanker.
- Flew as tanker #B30.
Aerofilte Inc, Cody, WY, 1971-1975.
- Flew as tanker #B30 (later #37).
Bruce Kinney/Kinney Air Tankers, Richey, MT, December 1975-1978.
- Flew as tanker #37.
Aircraft Specialties Inc, Mesa, AZ, May 18, 1978-1980.
- Flew as tanker #37.
Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, December 7, 1980-2012.
- Delivered from Mesa, AZ to Davis Monthan AFB, November 1980.
- Towed to Pima Museum.
- Initially displayed as 485828.
- Currently displayed in 390th Bomb Group scheme as 231892/I'll Be Around.

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):
Chuck Gardner, 2002
Fabio E. F. Silva.

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