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The Nine-O-Nine is a B-17 Flying Fortress that gained fame during World War II for flying 140 combat missions over in the European Theater of Operations from 25 February 1944 to the end of the war in Europe on 7 May 1945. The aircraft was assigned to the 323d Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy). Through the course of the war the aircraft dropped 562,000 pounds of bombs, while flying 1,129 hours, including 18 missions over Berlin. After the war the aircraft served as a firefighting aircraft before being restored to its World War II condition. The Nine-O-Nine currently serves flying in air shows with the Collings Foundation.