“Sentimental Journey” is a beautifully restored Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress. Operated by the Commemorative Air Force in Mesa Arizona and it’s been a favorite at airshows around the country. At airshows she attends, guest can purchase rides or take a tour through the aircraft. Classified as a heavy bomber by the Army Air Force during World War II the G model of the B-17 can be easily identified by its distinctive remotely operated chin turret. Over 8,600 B-17G’s were built during the 2nd world war. This one was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1944 and upon completion was assigned to the pacific theater of operations. For several years after the war it was a photo reconnaissance aircraft in the pacific. It was then converted to a remotely operated drone for monitoring of A-bomb testing in the pacific Atolls. Afterwards, it ended its military career and was retired to Davis Monthan air force base for salvage. Before being scraped, it was purchased by a private company, converted into a water tanker and started a new career as a fire bomber. In 1978 she was donated to the Commemorative Air Force in Mesa Arizona. They restored it to its original B-17G configuration and the restoration project was completed in 1985. Instead of OD green paint it was given a bare aluminum finish. The nose was painted with a pinup of Betty Grable and the aircraft was named “Sentimental Journey”. To see where “Sentimental Journey” is today, go to flightaware.com and type in her registration N9323Z.
Boeing B-17G Specifications:
Crew of 10
Armament 13 .50 caliber Browning M-2 machine guns
Maximum bomb load 8,000 lbs
Powered by four Wright Cyclone R-1820-97 supercharged radial engines 1,200 horse power each
TAS at 25,000 ft. 287 mph
Maximum takeoff weight 64,500 lbs.
Service ceiling 35,600 ft.
Range 3,750 miles with Bomb bay tanks
Fuel 2,780 gallons/burn 200 gal hour
The Cessna Citation Excel, also known as the 560XL, is a comfortable highly reliable medium-sized private turbofan jet manufactured by Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas. In its design of the Citation 560XL Cessna blended it’s previously popular designs by using a shortened Citation X standup cabin attached to a Citation V wing and tail. They then added the highly efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 turbofan to power this roomy business jet. For easy landings, trailing link landing gear was added to give the pilot the ability to make those glassy smooth landings over and over again. In its standard configuration it has 8 plush passenger seats and a fully enclosed lavatory. During its production run 308 were built then Cessna switched to building the 560XLS with upgraded PW545B engines with even better performance. In the Excel cockpit pilot work load is reduced by the integrated Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite and Full Authority Digital Engine control for the engines. To set engine power the flying pilot simply advances the throttles to the appropriate detent and the FADEC system adjust all engine parameters for the requested power setting. This aircraft is a top of the line performer with its straight laminar wing and large turbo fan engines. it can take off in 3,590 feet and climb to cruise altitude in just 18 minutes. This airplane is easy to fly and great for short runways and high altitude airports like Eagle and aspen. Maximum takeoff weight 20,200 lbs Cruise speed: 435 ktas Range: 1,700 nm Service ceiling: 45,000 ft Rate of climb: 3,500 ft/min
Video is of a Cessna Citation Excel 560xl takeoff, landing, cockpit and interior cabin.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four engine bomber with a crew of 10 that the Army Air force flew during the Second World War. Used primarily during the European air war, the B-17 could carry up to 8,000 lbs of bombs and with a reduced bomb load had a maximum range of 2,000 miles. Its four Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone turbo supercharged radial engines produced 1,200 horsepower each. Its max speed is 287 mph and it has a service ceiling of 35,600 ft. Named the flying fortress it was heavily armed with 13 .50 cal M2 machine guns. The top instrument panel is from N390TH “liberty Belle” a B-17G which was lost on June 13,2011 just outside Aurora Illinois. “Liberty Belle had just departed Aurora when a fire broke out in the number 2 engine. Unable to extinguish the fire the crew made a forced landing in a farmer’s field and the ensuing fire destroyed the aircraft. Fortunately, all aboard made it out safely and no one was injured. The second instrument panel is from N3509G a B-17G named “Miss Angela”. The Palm Springs Air Museum is home for “Miss Angela”. Both aircraft are g models which have the twin .50 cal. chin turrets built into the lower nose. Boeing built over 8,600 B-17G’s and only twelve of these are still flyable.
The falcon 50 is a 3 engine long range corporate jet built by the French company Dassault. The falcon 50 can carry 8 to 9 passengers comfortably and has an enclosed lavatory and a galley. It’s powered by three Garrett TFE731-3-1C engines capable of 3,700 lbs of thrust each. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.86, cruises at 475 kts and has a range of 3,500 nm. This aircraft has been retrofitted with a Universal Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) 890 Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Navigation Display (ND) system.
The instrument panel of a Cessna Citation VII. Cessna built 119 of the VII’s which were based on the popular Citation III business jet. It’s powered by two Garrett TFE731-4R engines that can produce 4,080 lbs of thrust each. it has a range of 2,000 nm and can cruise at Mach .85 and has a service ceiling of 51,000 ft.
The Cessna Citation VII, the last of the Citation 650’s, is an upgraded Citation III powered by two Garrett TFE731-4r-2s turbofan engines capable of producing 4,080 lbs of thrust. It has a maximum cruise speed of 480 knots, a range of 2,000 nm and a 51,000 ft service ceiling. The VII was Cessna’s corporate jet that it marketed against the Lear Jet lineup of high speed private jets. The 7 is capable of .85 Mach or 85% the speed of sound. Cessna surpassed this when they built the Citation X which is capable of mach .92. A total of 119 VII’s were built.
The Cessna Citation 510 is a 4 passenger business jet. It’s powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW615F turbo fan engines and has a max ramp weight of 8,730 lbs. It can climb to 41,00 ft and cruise at 340 ktas with a range of 1,150 NM. Apologies for typo, the mustang has the Garmin 1000 avionics package.