Weather forces delay in the arrival of WWII B-17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey”

The La Porte Municipal Airport has announced a delay in the arrival of the iconic World War II aircraft B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey, courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force’s Airbase Arizona.

The fully-restored B-17 bomber was to have arrived at the airport, located at 2341 Ind. 39, today and be open to the pubic for ground tours, starting this afternoon. However, severe weather has pushed back the plane’s arrival by at least a day. Ground tours, at least for now, are still scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13; and 2 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 14-16.

Whether the ground tour scheduled for tomorrow will take place is dependent on the weather.

“The B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey is one of only five currently flying in the world out of over 12,000 manufactured for combat during WWII – and is the leading exhibition warbird in The Flying Legends of Victory Tour conducted by CAF Airbase Arizona, a non-profit flying museum,” exhibition officials said. “The Boeing B-17 was most famous for operations in Europe but was used in every theater of war from 1941-45. B-17 cruise speed was about 160 miles per hour; maximum altitude was 36,000 ft. At high bombing altitudes in unheated aircraft, extreme temperatures subjected many crew members to frostbite.”

One Response to “Weather forces delay in the arrival of WWII B-17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey””

  1. Bruce Thomas

    Aug 14. 2020

    My bucket list big priority..gotta get to Mesa

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