Take a flight in a WWII-era plan this weekend

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A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will fly over the skies of Erie County this weekend. 

The Liberty Foundation is showing off the four-engine bomber on Saturday and Sunday at the North Coast Flight School.  The Madras Maiden is one of only 14 B-17’s in the world that still fly.  It was built in the early 1940’s toward the end of World War II, but it never saw combat.

Chief Pilot Ray Fowler says the plane tours the county to highlight a piece of history and to honor those who flew them. “They come out and get into this airplane again and with their stories. And it really varies on what we get. I mean some people never talked about what they did. They come out and you can see them standing there, and they won’t say a word to anybody and they’re thinking about what they did.”

The B-17 flight experience will take passengers on a half-hour flight starting at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, with ground tours in the afternoon. 

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