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B-17G Flying Fortress
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs, CA


B-17

This is the B-17G Miss Angela, currently based at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California. The Palm Springs museum is a newer facility, having been purpose-built in 1996 as an air museum. Many of the museum aircraft were once located at the former Planes Of Fame East in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. That museum was owned by Bob Pond, a war hero who returned home to Minneapolis to make his fortune building those rotary floor scrubbers that you see in grocery stores. When Pond retired to Palm Springs, he moved the museum and aircraft, too. The Planes Of Fame East once owned the B-17 Thunderbird. That B-17 was sold to the Lone Star Flight museum, and Pond later purchased Miss Angela to fill the void.

The photo above is Miss Angela at an airshow in Minnesota in the 1990's. The photo below is Miss Angela sporting new Stan Stokes nose art in Palm Springs in 2015.

B-17

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