One of the most iconic American warplanes is the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress." These aircraft were used extensively in World War II in Europe and the Pacific. Unfortunately, many of them were shot down or were dismantled for scrap after the war.
One of these planes, "Sentimental Journey," will be making a stop at Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix from April 15-17th, 2013. This is your chance to see one of the few B-17s left in the world in flying condition!
The B-17 is part of the Wings of Freedom tour which is put on by the Collings Foundation. In addition to the Flying Fortress, a Boeing B-24 Liberator, P-51 Mustang, and a Messerschmitt Me 262 will also be on display.
You can take a walk-through tour of the aircraft, which is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. World War II Veterans can enjoy a complimentary ground tour at no charge.
If walking through the aircraft isn't enough, you can experience the thrill of a ride-along flight! A ride in the B-17 or B-24 will set you back $425 dollars. The P-51 Mustang is $2,200 for a half-hour flight and $3,200 for a full hour.
All of the aircraft on display have been authentically restored and offer a first-hand look at history you just can't get anywhere else.
732 W. Deer Valley Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Dates: Monday, April 15, 2013 - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Cost: $12 adults, $6 children
Walk-Through Tour Times (no reservation needed):
4/15/2013 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
4/16/2013 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
4/17/2013 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Flight Experiences take place before and after tours. Call 978-562-9182 for flight reservations.
Note: If you miss the Deer Valley Airport event, the planes will be at Glendale Airport from April 17-19, 2013 and then Marana Airport from April 19-21, 2013.