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Nine O Nine by CopperbeltJack Nine O Nine by CopperbeltJack
The Collings Foundation B-17G "909" travelled to my airport last year and a few years before and has been a huge attraction every time.

This is the exact plane that took my breath away so many years ago. She is the plane that inspired me to take up aviation.

On a chance, my father asked me "Hey, these old planes are in town, you wanna go check them out?" At first, I decided it'd be a waste of my time, but I thought "Hell, what's the worst that could happen?"

She was the first thing I saw when we rolled from behind the hanger she was parked behind. It was that defining moment when I first looked her over, from nose to tail, noticing every lucious, smooth line of her that told me "This is you, Anthony. This is what you've been looking for for so long." To this day, the Boeing B-17 remains to be my favorite aircraft of all time and will always bring a sentimental tear to my eye every time I see one.
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NinjaPickle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
seen Nine-Oh-Nine at the Chattanooga Airport last year! I have pics somewhere! I got a nice Collings Foundation T-shirt from them too! Very nice airplane!!!!:D
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CopperbeltJack Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Student Photographer
She's a wonderful beauty of heritage.
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NinjaPickle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
Oh I know :D Smelled really good climbing inside her too! I love the smell of a classic plane, about as much as I like the smell of a classic car!!!!! XD
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CopperbeltJack Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Student Photographer
Those are always terrific aromas. Unfortunately, there's usually a body-oroded man in my way, at least there was last time I went inside her.
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zonkm Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
I know exactly what you mean about taking your breath away... The Nine o Nine was the B-17 I ever saw that was not in a book or a model sitting on my shelf.
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CopperbeltJack Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Student Photographer
It's a remarkable feeling, isn't it?
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AvFreak Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
Yes. It was awesome when I saw this plane and the B-24. :D
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CopperbeltJack Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Student Photographer
What an astounding pair of relics, huh?
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AvFreak Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
Now, I have to watch them in action from the airport if they come to next year's memorial day weekend airshow. :P
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CopperbeltJack Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Student Photographer
I'm planning on getting some belly shots when they pass over the end of the airport at KCLM. There's a service road outside the fence that I know they could scrape the top of with their wheels if they were a few feet lower.
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