Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, N9323Z
Sentimental Journey



Updated March 29, 2011

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey carries its original Army Air Force serial number, 44-83514. Its construction number is 32155. It was retired from the Air Force at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on January 27,1959. Acme Aircraft Parts of Compton, California registered it as N9323Z on July 31, 1959. Western Air Industries of Anderson, California acquired it in November 1960 and converted it to a fire tanker. It flew as tanker #E17. Aero Union Corp of Chico, California bought it on June 6, 1962 and flew it first as tanker #C17 and then as tanker #17. It was restored to stock military configuration as USAAF 44-83514 Class of 44 in 1977 by the Confederate Air Force. Soon after it was renamed Sentimental Journey. It is currently registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum of Midland, Texas. It is operated by the Arizona Wing of the Coommemorative Air Force.

Falcon Field, December 31, 1981

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field, AZ on December 31, 1981 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field, AZ on December 31, 1981. It had not yet received its dorsal and ball turrets.

Chino, May 20, 1984

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on May 20, 1984 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on May 20, 1984.

Santa Barbara, November 17, 1989

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara, CA on November 17, 1989 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara, CA on November 17, 1989.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara, CA on November 17, 1989 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara, CA on November 17, 1989.

Williams-Gateway, March 31, 1996

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Phoenix 500 Airshow on March 31, 1996B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey with B-17G, N207EV Shady Lady at Phoenix 500 Airshow on March 31, 1996. N207EV carries serial number 44-83785 on its tail. It was operated by the CIA in the sixties. It had a scissors mechanism installed on the nose to pick up infiltrated agents and was seen at the end of the movie Thunderball. N207EV was operated by Evergreen Airlines as a tanker until 1989.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Phoenix 500 Airshow on March 31, 1996 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Phoenix 500 Airshow on March 31, 1996.

Chino, April 24, 1999

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on April 24, 1999 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on April 24, 1999.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on April 24, 1999 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on April 24, 1999.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on April 24, 1999 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Chino, CA on April 24, 1999.

Camarillo, May 16, 2000

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Camarillo, CA on May 16, 2000 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Camarillo, CA on May 16, 2000. Curtiss C-46F Commando China Doll in the background is registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum. It is registered N53594 and based at the Camarillo Airport in California. It carries 44-78663 as its military serial.

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B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Camarillo, CA on May 16, 2000 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Camarillo, CA on May 16, 2000. Note the two Lockheed Constellations in the distance.

Santa Barbara, May 15 - 22, 2001

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 15, 2001 B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey returned to the Santa Barbara Airport on May 15, 2001.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 15, 2001 Sentimental Journey taxied into position next to the Elephant Bar.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 15, 2001 Sentimental Journey still carries its original Army Air Force serial number, 44-83514. It was retired from the Air Force in January 1959. In the sixties, "Sentimental Journey" flew for Aero Union Corporation of Chico, California as tanker #E17. It is currently registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum of Midland, Texas. It is operated by the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force out of Falcon Field near Mesa, Arizona.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 The persistant marine layer overcast prevented Sentimental Journey from making very many flights during its stay in Santa Barbara. It is seen here starting up its engines on Tuesday, May 22.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey on approach to land at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 Sentimental Journey on approach to land on Runway 25 on the afternoon of May 22.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey on approach to land at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 Throttling back over the threshold.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 View a 3-D version of this picture.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 View a 3-D version of this picture.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 View a 3-D version of this picture.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey runs up its engines at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 A towering cumulonimbus cloud looms in the background as Sentimental Journey concludes her visit to Santa Barbara.

B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey runs up its engines at Santa Barbara on May 22, 2001 Sentimental Journey runs up its engines as it prepares to depart for Watsonville.

Contrails stream from the propeller blade tips of B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey It was so humid that contrails streamed from the propeller blade tips of B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey as it ran up its engines.

Contrails stream from the propeller blade tips of B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey Contrails stream from the propeller blade tips of B-17G, N9323Z Sentimental Journey as it departs for Watsonville.

Fox Field, May 6, 2005

Commemorative Air Force B-17G, Sentimental Journey Sentimental Journey visited Fox Field near Lancaster from May 3 to May 9, 2005.

Santa Barbara, April 25 - 26, 2007

Boeing B-17G N9323Z Sentimental Journey at the Santa Barbara Airport, April 2007 Sentimental Journey arrived at the Santa Barbara Airport on Monday, April 23, 2007 and stayed until Friday April 27.

Edwards AFB, October 16 - 17, 2009

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey and North American P-51D Mustang N5428V Gunfighter B-17G N9323Z Sentimental Journey and P-51D N5428V Gunfighter.

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey runs up its R-1820 radial engines as pyrotechnics from the Thunderbolt demonstration are detonated in the background.

B-17G N9323Z Sentimental Journey

B-17G N9323Z Sentimental Journey

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Casa Grande, Arizona, October 23, 2010

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 B-17G N9323Z Sentimental Journey at the Copperstate Fly-in at Casa Grande Airport on October 23, 2010.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Copperstate Fly-in, October 23, 2010 Nose art on the left side of B-17G N9323Z Sentimental Journey

Deer Valley, Arizona, November 14 - 15, 2010

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z arrived at Deer Valley Airport at 10:53 AM on Saturday, November 14.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z landed one minute after Maid in the Shade.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

North American B-25J Mitchell Maid in the Shade N125AZ and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 North American B-25J Mitchell Maid in the Shade N125AZ and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

North American B-25J Mitchell Maid in the Shade N125AZ and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 North American B-25J Mitchell Maid in the Shade N125AZ and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z and Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fifi N529B, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z and Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fifi N529B

Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 North American B-25J Mitchell Maid in the Shade N125AZ, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, and Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fifi N529B

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z returned from a revenue flight at 3:35 PM.

Photography Prints Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey Deer Valley Airport November 14 2010: You can buy prints up to 10-2/3" by 16" or 5" x 7" greeting cards of this photograph.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 14, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 15, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fifi N529B and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 15, 2010 Boeing B-29 Superfortress Fifi N529B taxis behind Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 15, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 15, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z is powered by four Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cylinder radial engines.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z, Deer Valley, November 15, 2010 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey N9323Z

Falcon Field, Arizona, March 28, 2011

Panoramic image of Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field, Arizona comnposed of 378 images taken with a Gigapan Epic.

Panorama size: 821 megapixels (31312 x 26236 pixels)
Input images: 378 (18 columns by 21 rows)
Field of view: 134.6 degrees wide by 112.8 degrees high (top=59.5, bottom=-53.3)

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N8323Z Sentimental Journey, March 28, 2011

Photography Prints You can buy framed prints of this wide-angle panorama as large as four feet by six feet.

Falcon Field, Arizona, April 2, 2011

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Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey fires up its number three engine at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011. . It is powered by four Wright R-1820 Cyclone nine-cylinder radial engines.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey fires up its number four engine at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey fires up its number one engine at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey taxis out for a revenue flight at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey takes off on a revenue flight at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey, Falcon Field, April 2, 2011 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress N9323Z Sentimental Journey makes an overhead pass at Falcon Field on April 2, 2011.



Links

Link to the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force web site.

Link to the Sentimental Journey tour calendar.

Link to the Commemorative Air Force American Airpower Heritage Museum of the Commemorative Air Force



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