B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sentimental Journey’ coming to Tri-Cities Airport
Aviation and history enthusiasts can view, tour and/or ride in a World War II, B-17 aircraft at Tri-City Aviation between September 8-13. The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum’s “Flying Legends of Victory” Tour, along with several displays will bring history to life on the ramp of Tri–Cities Aviation.
The B-17G Flying Fortress is named “Sentimental Journey” and was built in 1944. The aircraft is one of five B-17s in the world that is still flying out of the almost 13,000 produced from 1936 to 1945. 8,000 of the B-17s were lost in combat. The “Sentimental Journey” was originally manufactured and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force for war service in March 1945.
Several other aircraft and booths will be on display throughout the week and weekend. Rides are available in various aircraft including the B-17, and cockpit tours are available when the B-17 is not flying.
Foodies will also have a reason to visit as local food trucks will offer sweet and savory treats throughout the celebration.
The display will be on view Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tri-City Aviation in Blountville. Admission is free onto the ramp to view displays and tours of the B-17 are $10 per person and $20 for family of four. B-17 aircraft rides are $425 or $850.