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Flying on the B-17G “Nine-O-Nine”

This past weekend I had an opportunity to fly in a restored B-17G Flying Fortress, the Nine-O-Nine, part of the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour.

B-17G Nine-O-Nine Flyover at the Ocala, FL Airport

B-17G Nine-O-Nine Flyover at the Ocala, FL Airport

 WHAT. A. THRILL.  The chance to fly in the same type of aircraft that my dad flew in during WWII was amazing.

B-17G Nine-O-Nine Nose Art

B-17G Nine-O-Nine Nose Art

As I toured the plane in flight, I could only imagine his thoughts and emotions as he stood at his waist gunner position in battle.

Cindy Bryan sitting in the Bombardier Position

Cindy Bryan sitting in the Bombardier Position

Even though my flight experience was so different from his, I have a better understanding of what it felt like to be on that plane in flight.

View from the Nose of B-17G Nine-O-Nine

View from the Nose of B-17G Nine-O-Nine

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

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