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Iconic WWII bomber plane to come to Scott Air Force Base airshow

The B-17 bomber “Sentimental Journey” will visit Scott Air Force Base in June as part of Flying Legends of Victory Tour.
The B-17 bomber “Sentimental Journey” will visit Scott Air Force Base in June as part of Flying Legends of Victory Tour. Provided

An iconic aircraft from World War II will make an appearence at the Scott Air Force Base airshow and open house this summer.

The plane, B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey,” comes as a part of the Flying Legends of Victory Tour, which is at the base from June 10-11.

The tour includes three restored WWII combat aircrafts: C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend “Old Number 30,” the B-17 bomber and B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade.” Along with Belleville, the tour will make stops in about 50 cities from June to October to educate people about the role of aviation in combat.

Visitors can climb aboard the B-17 bomber to tour it and learn about its role in a crucial time in American history, according to a news release. The B-17 is a rare plane — one of only 10 in the world that still flies. It earned the nickname “Flying Fortress” because of its ability to suffer extensive damage and still make it back home.

The B-17 was used in every theater of war from 1941 to 1945, flying for training, testing and at-sea rescue missions. Eventually, it was sold for surplus and used as a fire bomber, according to a news release. In 1978, it was donated to the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, who restored the plane.

The airshow and open house also includes flying demos, static displays, heritage and state-of-the-art aircrafts. The event is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-11. Admission to the airshow and open house is free, but it costs $10 per person or $20 for a family of four to take a tour of B-17.

The airshow will also feature the Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Black Daggers Parachute Team and the aerial pyrotechnic demonstration of Tora, Tora, Tora!

Marjorie Arnold, 93, found work as a “Rosie the Riveter,” at a Lockheed sub-assembly plant at a converted ice rink in Fresno during the war, making parts for the famed B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. You can see a B-17 at Scott Air Force Base from Ju

WWII B-17 tail gunner Charles Woodford, 90, of Belleville, Illinois took a flight on the Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17G-VE Aluminum Overcast. The plane flew out of St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.