This B-17 was finished about a month before the end of WWII. It flew cargo and passengers at the tail end of the war. It was then sold into civilian use, where it was owned by a number of CIA shell corporations. In one of these roles, it served as the testbed to develop the Fulton Lift, a method of picking up a commando on the ground from a moving airplane. This was demonstrated in a 1964 James Bond movie using this aircraft. Evergreen has tried to erase the cloudy past of this aircraft by painting it in false markings of 48-3785, which is shorthand for serial number 44-83785.