“To Honor All Veterans, Past and Present”
“Celebrate our heritage of freedom through Flight,
Education, Exhibition and Remembrance”.
LEAD: The WWII B-17 bomber, “Sentimental Journey” is scheduled to be on display and available for rides and tours at the Pratt Regional Airport Fly-In, May 30th –June 3rd,and at the Garden City Regional Airport, June 3rd – June 10th, 2013.
WHY: Airplane enthusiasts, veterans, children and history buffs will want to see this famous WII aircraft.
WHO: Sentimental Journey is maintained and operated as a flying museum and veterans’ memorial by the all-volunteer non-profit Commemorative Air Force. This WWII-era heavy bomber has performed various missions, from military reconnaissance to drone “mother ship” during nuclear testing, as well as 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, less than ten remain in flying condition and only a few fly regularly.
922 B-17s were lost in combat over Europe, with a loss of nearly 10,000 airmen. The US 8th Air Force suffered the majority of these losses. Sentimental Journey proudly displays the markings of the 457th Bomb Group in their remembrance. Nose art of the Sentimental Journey features Betty Grable, the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. The aircraft is named after a song made popular by Doris Day in 1945.
WHERE & WHEN: Pratt Regional Airport, May 30th –June 3rd,and at the Garden City Regional Airport, June 3rd – June 10th, 2013
B-17 Flights: A thrilling flight inside this historic treasure starts at $425.00 per person. For reservations contact 602-448-9415. Cockpit tours are only $5; ground viewing and photo opportunities are free to the visiting public.
The CAF Arizona Wing Aviation Museum is operated by the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Organized in 1978, the Wing’s mission is to restore and preserve historically important aircraft and related memorabilia in order to educate the public about the significant contributions made by men and women in the defense of the Nation.