QB-17 photos wanted

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  1. daveT

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    I'm looking for pictures of QB-17 (B-17 Drones). Best if they were from Holloman AFB or Whites Sands New Mexico. They were usually painted in red-orange Day-Glo paint with black diagonal stripes for increased visibility. Their serial numbers were prefixed by an O, indicative of their obsolete status. Sources for QB-17 conversions were new B-17s that had went directly to storage upon delivery from the factory. The last operational mission flown by a USAF Fortress was conducted on 6 August 1959, when DB-17P 44-83684 directed QB-17G 44-83717 out of Holloman Air Force Base as a target for a Falcon air-to-air missile fired from an F-101 Voodoo fighter.
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    Hi Dave,

    I can find a number of photos, mostly black and white, but not from the locations you requested.

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    Thanks for the above pictures. Anyone have a color picture of the QB-17 with overall orange paint and black strips? It sure would look pretty. It seems a tragic end to these great planes.
     
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    QB-17 photos with serial numbers visible are difficult to find. Through research I have identified some 43 QB's from various sources - only a few from photographs. This can't possibly be the total actually employed throughout the service life of the aircraft - there should be many more.

    Dave Tarrant
     
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