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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress descends on Ford airport

August 16, 2013
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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress descends on Ford airport
A WWII-era Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Photo via b17.org

A WWII-era Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will be open for tours this weekend at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting the visit of the historic World War II B-17, also known as the “Aluminum Overcast.”

The aircraft will be available for flights and ground tours.

WWII

The B-17 Flying Fortress was produced during WWII and was used on attacks against Berlin and other German cities.

The plane received its name because it was equipped with 13 machine guns.

During the War, 12,731 of these planes were produced, and, today, 50 of them remain, with only eight of them still in flying condition.

Tours

Flights and ground tours are available today through Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at Landmark North (Rapid Air), at 5500 44th Street SE.

Flights are $435 for EEA members and $475 for non-members, and ground tours cost $10 per person or $20 for a family.

It is free to walk around the inside of the plane.

Call 1-800-359-6217 to reserve a flight or visit b17.org.

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