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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-85734

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Serial #: 44-85734
Construction #:
  8643-VE
Civil Registration:
  N5111N
  N817BR
Model: B-17G Flying Fortress
Name: Liberty Belle
Status: Destroyed
Last info: 2011

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-85734.
Esperado Mining Co., Altus, OK, June 25, 1947.
- Sold to Esperado as scrap.
Pratt & Whitney Engines, Hartford, CT, November 19, 1947-1967.
- Purchased for $2,700
- Registered as N5111N.
- Civil conversion by Boeing, Settle, 1948.
- Converted for use as engine test bed with 5th engine in nose.
— Used for development of P&W T34 & T64 Turboprops.
Bradley Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT, June 16, 1967-1981
- Badly damaged by Tornado, October 3, 1979.
New England Air Museum, CT 1981-1987.
- Wreck stored.
Tom Reilly Vintage Aircraft, Kissimee, FL 1987-1999.
- Stored Windsor Locks, CT til 1992.
- Being rebuilt to flying condition.
- Initially named Outhouse Mouse.
Randsburg Corp, Portland, OR, July 13, 1999-2001.
- Registered as N817BR.
Don Brooks/The Liberty Foundation, Atlanta, GA, 2003-2011.
- Restored to airworthy at Tom Reilly Vintage Aircraft.
- Returned to the air on December 8, 2004 at 2:40pm and 12 seconds.
- Suffered in-flight fire & forced to make an emergency landing in field, Oswego, Il June 13, 2011.
-- Landing successful and crew and passangers evacuated the aircraft which was subsequently
    consumed by fire.

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):
Chuck Gardner/Warbirds Resource Group
Bill Shuerman
Scott Rose/Warbirds Resource Group
Henry Rose/Warbirds Resource Group

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