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Here’s your chance to fly over Boise in a B-17 bomber

Take a flight over Boise in a B-17 World War II bomber

There are only about a dozen World War II B-17 bombers that are still flying, and one of them, the "Madras Maiden," is visiting Boise through April 22, 2018 at Gowen Field's Jackson Jet Center. The bombers were known as the "flying fortress."
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There are only about a dozen World War II B-17 bombers that are still flying, and one of them, the "Madras Maiden," is visiting Boise through April 22, 2018 at Gowen Field's Jackson Jet Center. The bombers were known as the "flying fortress."

The “Madras Maiden,” one of about a dozen B-17 bombers that still fly today, will be in the air and on the ground this weekend at Gowen Field’s Jackson Jet Center, 3815 Rickenbacker St.

Enthusiasts can take a flight in the bomber at $450 per person. The cost goes toward operating costs of the B-17, which costs about $5,000 per flight hour.

Spectators are welcome to watch the flights in the morning and tour the bomber in the afternoon, starting about 2 p.m. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

The World War II Boeing B-17s, dubbed “flying fortresses” because of their weaponry, developed a reputation for toughness and effectiveness. The Liberty Foundation, a nonprofit flying museum, dedicates its tour of the B-17 to veterans. “This aircraft represents that legacy of courage and valor,” according to a foundation news release.

For information or reservations visit the Liberty Foundation’s website or contact Scott Maher at 918-340-0243 or smaher@libertyfoundation.org.

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