It’s Baaack!! just in time for the end of January. The B-17 returns along with its companions – B-24 Liberator and Mustang. If you have never seen these WW2 planes in person, you need to. My Dad flew 25 missions in WW2 on a B-17, starting in the turret, then in the tail, and finally as bombardier on the last two flights. After a purple Heart and 25 missions, he was assigned to desk duty for the remainder of the war. At the tiem he enlisted, the proability of getting to 25 missions was small when he enlisted in late 1942 – the first plane to do it was in late 1943 – teh Memphis Belle. Over 1/3 of these planes were shot down during bombing runs, yet the guys on thee B-17 swore by their safety and capability. They could fly on two (of 4) engines (Dad mentioned that it was preferable that they be on opposite sides of the plane however), had redundant hand controls in case the hydraulics were shot out, and could navigate with parts of the tail and wings missing. They’d land and get put back together, ready to fly out a couple days later on another run. Crazy times for a bunch on 20 year olds – something we cannot comprehend.
Go see some history! Take your kids. Do a tour. Take a ride (I did). Dates below.
January 20 @ 2:00 pm – January 22 @ 4:30 pm
2240 SE Witham Field Drive
Stuart, FL 34996 United States
January 23 @ 12:00 pm – January 26 @ 12:00 pm
1401 NE 10th Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33060 United States
January 26 @ 2:00 pm – January 29 @ 4:30 pm
3300 Airport Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33431 United States