B-17 Flying Fortress

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To many, the B-17 is the most recognizable and famous bomber of World War II. Originally designed to meet a U.S. Army Air Corps specification issued in 1934, the prototype first flew on July 28, 1935 and quickly became known as the "Flying Fortress" due to its heavy defensive armament.

After several years of evaluation, the B-17B was ordered into production with new turbo-supercharged engines and heavier armament. The first was delivered to the Army in June 1939. The RAF received their first B-17Cs in 1941, and were soon conducting daylight raids over Germany.

Throughout the war the B-17 variants were modified with larger engines, higher capacity self-sealing fuel tanks, more advanced armament such as power-driven gun turrets and under-wing bomb-racks. The B-17F was the first to serve with the United States 8th Air Force.

After suffering significant losses in late 1943 due to head-on attacks from enemy fighters, the B-17G was introduced with a chin turret with dual machine-guns. This gave the final variant of the B-17 a defensive armament of 13 guns.

Specifications (B-17G)
Engines: Four 1,200-hp Wright R-1820-97 Cyclones

Weight: Empty 36,135 lbs.,

Max Takeoff 65,500 lbs.

Maximum Speed: 287 mph

Ceiling: 35,800 ft.

Range: 2,000 miles with 6,000 lb. bomb load

Number Built: 12,880
Flying Today: 13

B-17 Seating Chart

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Nose Compartment Seat

         $ 850 at the event.

This seat is often called the “best-seat-in-the-house” and for good reason. You are out in front of the pilots and surrounded by glass. It is easy to imagine the view of the target through the actual Norden bombsight or catch a glimpse of a German fighter swooping down toward you with guns blazing.

Up to two individuals can sit in the nose and trade positions for takeoff and landing so as to experience the full effect of the bombardier seat.

Buy this seat online you save $ 100 off the purchase price.

Gunner Compartment Seat

         $ 425 at the event.

Imagine the wind blowing across your leather jacket as you strain your eyes for German fighters.  This is the perspective as you will be given the opportunity to join the crew as a waist gunner.  You will be free to move about the aircraft after takeoff but imagine yourself as a young radio operator hunched in your seat for a bumpy takeoff with full bomb payload.

 B-17 S Ride Flight Information

  • The flight time is approximately 25 minutes.

  • Riders must be at least 12 years of age.

  • ​Rider between the age of 12 and 17 must have a legal guardian present at time of check in

  • This ride is considered a low for flight intensity.