B 17G Texas Raiders photo by Keving Hong 2CAF Warbirds will be Roaring over Tomball, Texas

The weekend event at Hooks Airport will be led by Texas Raiders – the famed B-17 Flying Fortress. Of the 12,731 B-17’s built across the US, only nine are currently flying— and Texas Raiders bristles with authentic machine guns and period-specific equipment. She will be joined by the twin-engine B-25 Mitchell bomber Devil Dog, the T-6 Texan Ace in the Hole, the PT-19 trainer and a Navy N3N bi-plane Yellow Peril. All five aircraft are notable for their historic importance and level of restoration.  The B-25 Mitchell bomber is a rare example of a Navy PBJ, painted in Marine Corps blue, and the airmen who flew aircraft like her almost universally trained in the T-6 Texan advanced trainer who accompanies her at this event.

Tours of all five aircraft will be available to the public as will the unique opportunity to ride in the bombers and trainers.  Beginning each day at 10:00 AM on Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2, the public can visit the aircraft for a nominal admission and can take on-board tours that include commentary from crew members, WWII veterans.Active duty service men and women with their military ID may tour for free.  Attendees who want the ultimate Living History Flight Experience can make a reservation now for one of the limited number of approximately 25-minute flights on the aircraft.

Devil Dog Chris WM

The public is invited to come out to Gill Aviation, 20803 Stuebner Airline Rd, Tomball, TX 77379 to tour all the aircraft and talk with their crews.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 or $20 for a family of up to five members.  Flights on the trainers begin at $225; flights in the bombers start at $450. For flight reservations go to www.B17TexasRaiders.org or call 855-FLY-A-B17.

 

About B-17 Texas Raiders

The CAF B-17 Texas Raiders is maintained and operated by the dedicated volunteers of the CAF Gulf Coast Wing. Join us on Facebook at B-17 Texas Raiders and follow us on Twitter @B17TexasRaiders   For more information about the Gulf Coast Wing go to www.B17TexasRaiders.org

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