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#4614106 - 11/18/22 03:16 PM B-17 as part of a gas station  
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I didn’t know about this and would have loved to have seen it.

Neat story. The “old ways”.

https://www.military.com/history/world-war-ii-flying-fortress-was-made-gas-station-bomber-5-bet.html


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#4614117 - 11/18/22 04:14 PM Re: B-17 as part of a gas station [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Originally Posted by oldgrognard
I didn’t know about this and would have loved to have seen it.

Neat story. The “old ways”.

https://www.military.com/history/world-war-ii-flying-fortress-was-made-gas-station-bomber-5-bet.html

That is quit the tale. It would have been interesting to see. Pretty cool Base Commander, as well.


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#4614128 - 11/18/22 05:20 PM Re: B-17 as part of a gas station [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Some story. thumbsup For sure back in the day.


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#4614152 - 11/18/22 08:17 PM Re: B-17 as part of a gas station [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Great Story! Glad to hear they're trying to bring it back into flying status, especially after we just lost a B-17 recently.

#4614220 - 11/19/22 03:55 PM Re: B-17 as part of a gas station [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Great story and also happy to hear that it may fly again!

Most of all, thanks for the website…just subscribed.


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#4614320 - 11/20/22 08:54 AM Re: B-17 as part of a gas station [Re: oldgrognard]  
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That's a heck of a story. Being as the plane had so few hours it would seem that this gentleman gave this plane much of its history by way of his pursuit and use of it. Really fun story. It must have been great being a kid in that town and getting to ride your bike up to the Flying Fortress filling station!


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#4614325 - 11/20/22 12:08 PM Re: B-17 as part of a gas station [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Imagine if someone had taken such a brand new bomber and stored it in a barn (wings off etc) out of the weather for all these years.


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