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.