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The view:  Boeing Plant at Seattle Paine Field (KPAE)

The pilot: Chris Schaich (PIC) and Brian Yates (SIC)

The airplane: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

The mission: Living History ride flight out of Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO)

The memory: We had flown a few rides earlier in the day local to AWO when someone pointed out it was National Aviation Day. Established in 1939 on Orville Wright’s birthday to celebrate all things aviation, National Aviation Day was established by President Franklin Rosevelt. I thought what better than to fly the iconic Boeing B-17G over the Boeing plant to mark the day. Shiny new jets were parked below as the old gal still gracefully flies overhead 87 years since the first B-17 rolled off the assembly floor.


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