Sometimes it’s fun being a journalist. Last Monday, this editor and KMN’s office manager/photographer got an opportunity to ride in a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress in order to tell you what it’s like. It’s tough job but someone’s got to do it. You really have to admire those yo Think about it, the Memphis Belle is closer in age to the original Wright Brothers plane than planes made today.
While it’s not the original Memphis Belle that was the first to fly 25 missions and whose story was made into a 1989 movie, it is one of two original WWII planes that were used in the movie and has been restored to WWII levels. This upcoming Memorial Day weekend it will be flying around Boise, offering once-in-a-lifetime rides to paying customers.
“Our purpose is to honor the veterans for what they did and what they did in the aircraft,” said Cullen.
We don’t think of a better way to celebrate Memorial Day.
The plane, managed by the Liberty Foundation and only one of 13 B-17s still flying today, tours around the United States offering “missions” to veterans, children and families. Tickets are $410 for Liberty Foundation members or $450 for non members, although you can get a membership for $40 and get the discount.
45-minute flight ”Missions”, with about 30 minutes in the air, costs $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for non-members. Passengers can become a foundation member for $40 and use the discount for family and friends.
Residents can also watch the flights for free.
When: The bomber will be available for flights and ground tours this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Flights will be conducted out of the Jackson Jet Center at 3815 Rickenbacker St.
For information or to book your “mission” call 918-340-0243.