The Richmond Register

July 17, 2013

WWII-era B-17 bomber to visit Kentucky Aviation Museum this weekend


Special to the Register

LEXINGTON — One of the very few flying B-17 bombers still in existence is scheduled to visit the Aviation Museum of Kentucky from Friday through Sunday.

This is the only scheduled stop for this aircraft in Kentucky and adjoining areas during 2013, according to an announcement by the museum.  

The aircraft will be available for cockpit and selected crew station tours on the ground, as well as for flights.  Admission charges apply to plane tours, and fares for flights vary. Details on flights can be obtained by calling the museum at 859-231-1219 or by visiting www.aviationky.org. Charges apply for both tours and flights. The museum opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday. Flights, if scheduled, may begin as early as 9 a.m. each day.

The B-17 visiting Lexington is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and has Texas Raiders nose art. It was the largest land plane in the world when it first flew in 1935.

From a prototype, it evolved to the bomber known as “The Flying Fortress” that served in every war zone during WW II.

As a B-17G model, this type of aircraft went to war with 10 crew members, 13 machine guns and 6,000 lbs of bombs. More than 12,700 B-17 bombers were built during the war

The host facility, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, is the official aviation museum for the state and operates as an independent, non-profit institution.