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B-17 bomber tours, flights planned at Lebanon airport

Staff Reports • Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Ground tours and mission flights aboard a World War II-era B-17 bomber will be featured next month at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. 

Aluminum Overcast will visit Direct Flight Solutions on Oct. 7-9 from 2-5 p.m., weather permitting, at the south end of the airport at 760 Franklin Road. 

The 65,000-pound B-17 is one of the few remaining airworthy planes of its kind in the world. 

Participants will be able to feel the might of the magnificent flying machine as it soars through the sky on a mission flight where they can discover why it’s called the Flying Fortress. Advance mission flight tickets are $409 each for Experimental Aircraft Association members and $449 for nonmembers, and walk-up tickets may be purchased by EAA members for $435 and $475 for nonmembers. 

Stand in the footsteps of the bombardier, the navigator and the waist gunner and relive history by experiencing opportunity to tour one of World War II’s most vital and magnificent aircraft. Ground tours will be available for $10 for individuals, $20 for families and free for children 8 and younger with a paying adult. Active military members and veterans will also be admitted free. 

Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid the ambition to “keep ‘em flying” for many years to come.

 

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