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B-17 Bomber to visit county

 


A piece of World War II history will pay a visit to Sweetwater County June 10-16, over Father’s Day Weekend. The Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona is flying its B-17 bomber, Sentimental Journey, to the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport as part of its summer tour.

Visitors will be able to tour the aircraft, breathe in the history and talk with volunteers from the nonprofit organization about the plane.

The CAF will also offer rides. No matter where one sits, the views are great. As one feels the combined 4,800 hp kick in on takeoff, they will get a taste of what the veterans did flying aircraft like the B-17 in combat and the sacrifices they made.

The WWII bomber is maintained and operated as a flying museum and memorial by the all-volunteer, nonprofit CAF.

Sentimental Journey was originally manufactured and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces for war service in 1944 where she flew missions in the Pacific Theater.

This will be a great opportunity for airplane enthusiasts, history buffs and children to see the famous aircraft.

The B-17 heavy bomber will arrive June 10 in the afternoon and be open for tours and rides.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience in meticulously restored and maintained warbirds will thrill those on the ground as they enviously watch passengers brief-and-board, and roar overhead in tribute to every service man and woman in the U.S.A. past and present.

For more information about the events and to reserve flights visit http://www.azcaf.org/location/rock-springs-wy-tour-stop/. Rides are being scheduled now.

Tours are $10 per person or $20 for a family of four. All proceeds go to the acquisition, restoration, and preservation of heroic aircraft and remembrance.

Living history flights for the B-17 Waist compartment seats are $425 each (seats 6) and bombardier/navigator seats in the nose area are $850 each (seats 2).

 

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