flying fortress & spitfire
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the first mass-produced, four-engine heavy bomber. It was most widely used for daylight strategic bombing of German industrial targets during the Second World War as part of the United States Eighth Air Force based in England and the Fifteenth Air Force based in Italy.
Sentimental Journey rolled off the Douglas assembly line in late 1944, and was accepted by the Army Air Corp on March 13, 1945. Manufactured too late to see service in the European war, the aircraft was assigned to the Pacific theater for the duration of the war.
The Supermarine Spitfire was an iconic British single-seat fighter used by the RAF and many Allied countries in the Second World War.
Produced by Supermarine, the Spitfire was designed by R.J. Mitchell, who continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937. The elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than the Hurricane and other contemporary designs; it also resulted in a distinctive appearance. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire saw service during the whole of the Second World War, in all theatres of war, and in many different variants.
More than 20,300 examples of all variants were built, including two-seat trainers, with some Spitfires remaining in service well into the 1950s. It was the only fighter aircraft to be in continual production before, during and after the Second World War.
" Sentimental Journey "
Serial #: 44-83514
Mfr. Year: 1944
Base: CAF: Arizona Wing, Mesa, AZ
Type: Spitfire Mk. IV (replica)
Serial #: MK9EX
Mfr. Year: 2003
Base: Prescott, AZ