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Serial #: 44-85829
Construction #:
  8738 (-VE)
Civil Registration:
  N3193G
Model(s):
  B-17G Flying Fortress
  PB-1G Flying Fortres
Name: Yankee Lady
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2013

History:
Manufactured by Lockheeds Vega Division, Burbank, CA, delivered on July 16, 1945.
- Accepted by ATC at Burbank, CA, July 16, 1945.
- Ferried to the Lockheed Modification Center, Dallas-Love Field, TX, arriving on July 18, 1945.
- Modifications completed and A/C available, August 28, 1945.
- Flown to South Plains, TX, to be stored. Under command of ATS, September 1945.
- Assigned to 4104th Base Unit, Rome AFB, NY, February 20, 1946.
-- Put into short term storage.
- Assigned to 5948th Base Unit (AMC), Topeka, KS, August 1946.
-- Never delivered, remained at Rome AB.
Transferred to the USCG as Bu. 77255
- BOC: September 1946
- SOC: May 1959
- Sent to the Naval Aircraft Modification Unit, NAS Johnsville, PA, for conversion into
    PB-1G air-sea rescue configuration.
- Operationally based at CGAS San Francisco.
- Put up for disposal, NAS Elizabeth City, NC, May 1959
Ace Smelting Inc., Phoenix, AZ, May 11, 1959.
- Registered as N3193G.
- Acquired for $5,887.93.
Fairchild Aerial Surveys. Los Angeles, CA, November 16 1959-1965
- Converted for aerial survey work, August 1960.
-- Equipped for photographic/magnetometer survey.
- Airframe had 4096 flight hours on the books at this time.
Aero Services Corp., Philadelphia, PA, August 2, 1965
Biegert Bros., Shickley, NE, October 1, 1965-1966
- Flown as sprayer.
- Two tanks fitted in bomb bays.
- Survey equipment removed.
Aircraft Specialties Inc., Mesa, AZ, March 19, 1966-1981.
- Modified to air tanker configuration.
- Flown as tanker #C34, #34.
- Flown to Hawaii for use in movie Tora! Tora! Tora! , January 1969
- After filming, had 4894 flight hours on the books.
- Belly landed, Salmon, OH, retardant tank damaged.
Globe Air Inc., Mesa, AZ, February 18, 1981-1986.
- Flown as tanker #34
- Now had nearly 6000 flight hours recorded.
Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run, MI, July 2, 1986-2013.
- Restored to airworthiness.
- Flown as 485829/Yankee Lady.

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):
Mike Henniger
Unknown.
Todd Hackbarth.
Nigel Rolling.

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