B-17 bomber in Burlington for flying history lesson


You can get a close look or even take a ride on a flying museum this weekend.

A restored World War II B-17 bomber landed at the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport in Burlington this week.

It travels across the country to provide a living history lesson.

More than 12,000 of the bombers were built for the war and only a handful are capable of flying today.

We got a look at it up close and some kids stared through the fence to see it. The pilot says the history isn’t lost on them.

“We get these young people that come out, Asheville, I had a 10-year-old who knew more about the airplane than I did,” said B-17 Pilot Rex Gray. “You know so it is amazing to see the young people with the interest in that now. “

The rides last about 15 minutes and aren’t cheap at 475 dollars. However, the walking tours of the B-17 start after the last flight both Saturday and Sunday until 5 pm each day.

That runs $10 each or $20 for a family.

You can call (920) 371-2244 to book a flight or find more information about the tours available.

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