Historic World War II Flights Available in Fort Wayne this Weekend

Historic World War II Flights Available in Fort Wayne this Weekend

Remembering the men and women who fought in World War II and the aircraft that the greatest generation used to win the war.
"Touring and spreading the word, and not forgetting about veterans. That's why we're here. That's what we're about."
Remembering the men and women who fought in World War II and the aircraft that the greatest generation used to win the war.  That's the mission of the Liberty Foundation a non-profit group who fly's a fully restored B-17 around our nation every year.  This week, the Memphis Belle made her way to the Summit city.

The Boeing B-17 or flying fortress was an instrumental part of World War II...and possiblythe most famous B-17, even featured in a major motion picture.....the Memphis Belle.

Fastforward to Monday, and a B-17 that's over 70 years old, has been restored to recreate the original Memphis Belle of her glory days.

"It's sort of a traveling outreach to bring the airplane to the public. Enlighten them, and remind them, and have an ongoing appreciation for our World War II veterans."

The Liberty Foundation flies the plane to give people a firsthand look at what World War II crews went through while flying over Europe. Pilot and Volunteer John Ferguson says they hope this plane raises awareness to younger generations about the sacrifice World War II veterans made.  "As time goes on, we're losing our World War II veterans in a great number everyday. They really are a national treasure. If it wasn't what they did for us, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have today."

In the 1940's the plane had a crew of ten people and was used as a strategic bomber. Monday, the seats are full of of passengers wanting to learn more about the war fought by what has become known as the greatest generation.

"Touring and spreading the word, and not forgetting about veterans. That's why we're here. That's what we're about."

The Liberty Foundation flies the Memphis Belle to fifty cities around the country each year, and it will be at the Fort Wayne International Airport this weekend if you'd like to take a ride.

If you would like to learn more about scheduling a ride while the plane is here August 2 and 3. An individual flight is $450, but all ground tours are free or by donation.  All pilots and volunteers with the Liberty Foundation volunteer for free, the money for a seat goes towards plane upkeep and fuel.  If you would like to learn more or schedule your ride, you can go to their website.  http://www.libertyfoundation.org/schedule.html

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