Historic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Visits Deer Valley Airport

Apr 15, 2013

Boeing B-17 Sentimental Journey
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.

Atlantic Aviation
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.

1 comment:

Westcoast Canada said...

Undeniably one of the biggest work horses of the WW.2 era, a time without computers or advanced technology. It is unfortunate that, these war birds and others were not resurrected into their former glory to be placed in several museums and aviation shows to remind us of the past. Whether it was a Spitfire, P51, Mosquito, Liberator or many others we need to be reminded of the immeasurable sacrifices many made to their credit so we can live in a better world. Often we take our freedoms for granted, and whether it was a submarine crew, boots on the ground or support crews thank you all for your heroic services. We fought against world oppression and evil and were victorious as we were united. Warring distant landscapes of today need to do the same instead of fleeing and re-populating the world with soaring costs. Our brave fought an enemy with convictions and courage, and world hot spots need to do the same instead of fleeing. History does not lie, UK, Australia, France, Canada and the USA all pitched in and did not run. When we see pictures of a time since past, or movies glorifying the stamina and bravery of many in WW.1 and WW.2 it humbles us. Newcomers from around the world including refugees need to show respect, as with those born here or descendants of serving veterans, to visit an epitaph or a parade to pay tribute to those who gave us freedoms. We are a better world because of our diversity, but facts do not lie; many world nations did nothing to help the war effort whether sending supplies, manpower or otherwise and now countless foreigners all over freely migrate. Our WW.2 veterans are dying off and their legacy spans generations. Yes, my father, like many others honorably served overseas and did not flee an advancing enemy. We need to be reminded of the past, including showcasing these airplanes to appreciate our democracy, freedoms and ability to be mobile around the world. Thank you to the many heroes who served their land, country, families, neighborhoods and more. This is not political activism, it is the truth with no malice intended, we can do better..I remember building model kits of many WW.2 planes and watching many shows like the Battle of Britain, !2 O'clock high, etc. that showcased many of these majestic planes. War is never pretty it is ugly, and we need to learn from the past so we can give a better legacy for the future.


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