Collings Foundation Warbirds at Burbank
May 10, 2009



The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N93012 Nine-O-Nine, North American P-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane, and Consolidated B-24J Liberator Witchcraft arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Friday, May 8, 2009. The warbirds made a number of revenue generating flights, taking aviation enthusiasts aloft for about a half hour.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N93012 Nine-O-Nine Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N93012 Nine-O-Nine

This Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress was built under license by Douglas. Its Douglas construction number is 32216. Its original Army Air Force serial number was 44-83575. It was used by the Air Force for atomic weapons testing support at Yucca Flats, Nevada. Valley Scrap Metal of Phoenix, Arizona bought it in 1965. It was stripped for spare parts at Falcon Field near Mesa, Arizona. While sitting derelict it wore the name Yucca Lady. Aircraft Specialties Inc. converted it to a fire fighting tanker in 1979. From 1981 to 1985 it fought fires as tanker #99. The Collings Foundation acquired it in 1985 and restored it to its original military configuration in 1987. Its civil registration is N93012. Now it carries the serial number 42-31909. The white triangle on the tail indicates assignment to the 1st Air Division of the Eighth Air Force. The letter A in the triangle and the code OR on the fuselage denote the 91st Bomb Group.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Yucca Lady at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona on May 7, 1971 Thirty-eight years earlier: Nine-O-Nine as it appeared when it was known as Yucca Lady and cannibalized for parts at Falcon Field near Mesa, Arizona on May 7, 1971.

Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J Witchcraft Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J Witchcraft.

The Consolidated construction number of Witchcraft is 1347. Its original Army Air Force serial number was 44-44052. It was delivered to the Royal Air Force as a Liberator B. VII. After its tour of duty in the RAF it was transferred to the Indian Air Force. In the 1970s, it was used as a training aid by the IAF technical college at Jalahalli, India. Warbirds of Great Britain Limited, Blackbushe transported it to England aboard a Heavylift Belfast in May 1982. The Collings Foundation bought it in 1986 and returned it to flightworthy status in August 1989. Its civil registration is N224J.

North American P-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane North American TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane.

Betty Jane has been restored as a dual-control TP-51C trainer. During World War II, some single-place Mustangs were modified in the field with a second set of controls to serve as trainers and high-speed VIP transports. This Mustang carriers the construction number 103-22730. The original 103-22730 flew for the Army Air Corps as 42-103293 and was condemned as salvage due to battle damage on May 3, 1944. John Muszala collected P-51B and P-51C parts. Muszala and Max Chapman agreed to assemble a flying example of a dual-control TP-51C. Chapman reserved the registration N24177 for it in June 2003. It first flew after restoration on May 5, 2004. The registration NL151MX was reserved for the airplane on June 25, 2004 and taken up on August 28, 2004. It won Best P-51 at Oshkosh that summer. In 2006 it was painted as P-51B 43-106511 Betty Jane of the Fifteenth Air Force. It was registered to the Collings Foundation on April 30, 2008.

North American TP-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

North American TP-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

North American TP-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

North American TP-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

North American TP-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

North American TP-51C Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane TP-51C-10 Mustang NL251MX Betty Jane

More Collings Foundation Bomber displays

Collings Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress and B-24J Liberator at Santa Barbara, California, May 16-17, 2002

Collings Foundation B-17G and B-24J at the Santa Barbara Airport, May 16-17, 2002 The Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Nine-O-Nine and Consolidated B-24J Liberator, The Dragon and His Tail visited the Santa Barbara Airport on May 16 and 17, 2002.

Collings Foundation Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress and B-24J Liberator at Santa Barbara, California, April 30 - May 1, 2003

Collings Foundation Bombers at the Santa Barbara Airport from April 30 to May 2, 2003 The Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Nine-O-Nine and Consolidated B-24J Liberator, The Dragon and His Tail visited the Santa Barbara Airport from April 30 to May 2, 2003.

Collings Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress and B-24J Liberator at the Camarillo Airport, April 21, 2004

Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator at the Camarillo Airport The Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator visited the Camarillo Airport from April 20 to April 22, 2004.

Collings Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress and B-24J Liberator at the Santa Maria Airport, May 7, 2004

Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator at the Santa Maria Airport The Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator visited the Santa Maria Airport from May 5 to May 7, 2004.

Collings Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress and B-24J Liberator at the Camarillo Airport, May 3, 2005

Collings Bombers Arrive at the Camarillo Airport The Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N93012 Nine-O-Nine and Consolidated B-24J Liberator, N224J, which was recently repainted and renamed Witchcraft, arrived at the Camarillo Airport on Wednesday, May 3, 2005.

Collings Foundation B-17G Flying Fortress and B-24J Liberator at Santa Maria Airport, May 10, 2005

Collings Bombers at Santa Maria Airport, May 10, 2005 I toured the Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N93012 Nine-O-Nine and Consolidated B-24J Liberator, N224J Witchcraft during their visit to the Santa Maria Airport.

Collings Foundation Bombers at Santa Barbara, May 7 - 9, 2007

Collings Foundation Bombers arrive at Santa Barbara, May 7, 2007 The Collings Foundation Bombers, Boeing B-17G N93012 Nine-O-Nine, North American B-25J Mitchell, NL3746G Todelayo, and Consolidated B-24J Liberator Witchcraft arrived at the Santa Barbara Airport on Monday, May 7, 2007 and departed for San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, May 9. The bombers made a number of revenue generating flights, taking aviation enthusiasts aloft for about a half hour.

Collings Foundation Bombers arrive at Santa Barbara, May 7 - 9, 2007 Tour the Collings Foundation Bombers inside and out.

More B-17 Flying Fortress Displays

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortresses Boeing B-17G Flying Fortresses were used to fight fires unitl the 1980s. Subsequently, the tankers were restored to stock configuration. The restored Flying Fortresses tour the country, taking aviation enthusiasts aloft on nostalgia flights.



Links

Link to the Collings Foundation
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N93012 Nine-O-Nine page

Consolidated B-24J Liberator N224J, Witchcraft page

North American B-25J Mitchell, NL3476G Tondelayo page









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