An encounter with ANY B-17 is a joy and a privilege.
I’m glad you enjoyed yourself regardless of the provenance of the plane.
I took my Dad to our local air show many years ago. His Dad (my Grandfather) was a waist gunner in the 8th Air Force.
I knew the warbirds would be arriving late Friday morning, so I surprised him with a visit.
My Dad had never seen a B-17 up close. As soon as it landed, we ran to climb aboard. My Dad stood where his Dad did his business, just looking out of the opening. There was a tear in his eyes.
Dad passed away three years ago. I will never forget that day.