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    Completed in 1945, “Texas Raiders” is one of the last 20 B-17’s ever built. While World War II combat ended before Texas Raiders flew overseas, the warplane served during the Korean War. The aircraft’s military career included scouting, search and rescue and weather reconnaissance. After the war, the B-17 now in Conroe went on to become a seismic survey aircraft. It was acquired in 1967 by the CAF to be restored to her military configuration.

    Of the 12,731 B-17 aircraft that saw combat, only about nine B-17 bombers still fly, according to information from CAF.

    According to Blair, he is the only surviving World War II veteran of the 12 young men from his Fort Worth neighborhood who enlisted in 1941.

    “I’m the last one left,” said Blair, who served as B-17 flight engineer after he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age 21. “It brings back memories.”



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    A 501c3 non profit organization named Friends of Doc has spent years restoring a B-29 to flying condition and recently received an FAA certification for flight. This makes Doc the 2nd B-29 that is still flying. The other flying B-29 is Fifi which is owned and operated by the Confederate Air Force.

    It was just announced that Doc will begin a flying tour soon.

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    Every year the Collings Foundation brings WW2-vintage aircraft to San Jose and Livermore (successive weekends) around Memorial Day. I've seen a B-17, a B-24, and a B-25, at various times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dlr Pyro View Post
    .......owned and operated by the Confederate Air Force.

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    PC at it's worst. A fine organization of dedicated people forced to change the name from the Confederate Air Force to the Commemorative Air Force. I lived a few minutes from the Hobbs NM base ops for some time and was able to visit the Harlingen base once as well. They had one with the name Enola Gay emblazoned on her but someone said it was not the original from the 'little boy' run on Hiroshima.

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    My Dad and his brother(my Uncle) were in NAVAIR in the pacific during WWII, they were in PB4Y2 aircraft made by Consolidated Vultee. There are none that I am aware of still flying where a few years back one of a very few airworthy still existed. Largest issue for these fine machines is the engines as parts are long since been in production and so few spares to keep them running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVPete View Post
    Every year the Collings Foundation brings WW2-vintage aircraft to San Jose and Livermore (successive weekends) around Memorial Day. I've seen a B-17, a B-24, and a B-25, at various times.
    A friend at church will be going a B-17 ride with his son when the bird visits Livermore Airport during the Memorial Day weekend.
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