So I took some pictures. There's not many of these old war birds left functioning.

Not the original Nine - O - Nine, but painted up like the original with all of her missions.

That exhaust stain. So gorgeous.

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B24's are not the most attractive aircraft, but damn are they powerful.

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Also falling into the category of powerful, 500lb bombs.

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Imagine 1000 of these flying over you town. Talk about blocking out the sun.

I don't think I could fit in the ball turret though. (note: this one is in the Liberator, not the 17)

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The man in the center however did fit in one for 35 missions during the war and the man on the right flew his 25 missions in a B17 and finished up on June 5, 1944. Unfortunately I didn't get the story of the man on the far left. There's so few of these guys left.