B-17G Flying Fortress ‘Thunderbird’ – Status Update – September/October 2022
, 2022-10-24 07:00:00,
by Scott A. Thompson of Aero Vintage
B-17G 44-83718 (N900RW), most recently known as Thunderbird, remains under extensive rebuild in an Erickson Aircraft Collection hangar in Madras, Oregon. AeroVintage’s contributor Connor Bond visited and viewed the aircraft in early September 2022 and passed on these photos and information.
This airplane, formerly known as Thunderbird, was long operated by the Lone Star Flight Museum and most recently based at their facility in Houston, Texas. In December 2020, the Mid America Air Museum’s founder and president, Scott Glover, purchased the aircraft for the collection in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. It was subsequently ferried to Madras, Oregon for extensive rework. Compliance with the FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) regarding the aircraft’s wing attachment fittings and bolts was amongst the maintenance items required. As the images reveal, the wings are presently disassembled and in jigs.
Connor reports that the guys working on the airplane expect that it will be at least a year or two before work on the airplane is completed….
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