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Crashed B-17 bomber visited Monterey in May

A B-17 bomber plane that crashed Wednesday in Connecticut, killing seven people, made an appearance in May in Monterey.

The B-17 G Flying Fortress visited the Monterey airport as part of the “Wings of Freedom” tour from May 18 to 20. The plane was one of 10 B-17Gs in the world still flying out of the more than 13,000 produced between 1936 and 1945. The remaining Flying Fortresses are now used mainly for air shows and special events.

Nine-O-Nine belonged to the nonprofit Collings Foundation, which uses about two dozen planes to educate the public about their role in American history.

The plane crashed into an airport de-icing facility while trying to land at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. There were 13 people on the plane at the time of the crash, and six of the people onboard survived.

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