Commemorative Air Force B-17 lands for public tours at Purdue Airport

The Commemorative Air Force B-17 will be at the Purdue Airport offering flights and tour

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 4:34 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In 1945, the WWII Flying Fortress,Texas Raiders, took to the skies to serve her country.

The bomber is taking flight to educate people about its 70 plus year career.

The Commemorative Air Force B-17 will be at the Purdue Airport offering flights and tours today through Thursday. Texas Raiders was the first Flying Fortress to be restored for the purpose of education as a flying museum. It has all of the bells and whistles a combat ready bomber would have.

Flightcrew Member, Kevin Michel, said he looks forward to meeting WWII veterans who make it out to visit the B-17.

“There's very few WWII veterans still alive,” said Michel. “One of the great things about traveling in a WWII bomber is that this brings those WWII veterans out of the woodwork and we get to thank them personally for what they did for us.”

To learn how to participate in the tours and even reserve a spot to take a flight in Texas Raiders, visit the Commemorative Air Force website.

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