World War II bomber pays a visit to DeKalb
DeKALB – One of the last flying WWII B-17 bombers, Sentimental Journey, will be on display and available for rides and tours at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport from July 22 through 28.
Sentimental Journey is maintained and operated as a flying museum and veterans’ memorial by the all-volunteer nonprofit Commemorative Air Force. Built in 1943, this heavy bomber performed many missions – including military reconnaissance, drone “mother ship” during nuclear testing and firefighting – before being retired. It was donated to the Arizona Wing in 1978, restored to military specification, and has been touring North America since the early 1980s.
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the primary bomber used by the American Air Force against Nazi Germany. Of the 12,731 B-17s originally built, fewer than 10 remain in flying condition and only a very few fly regularly.
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