MORE INFO: WWII planes visit Toledo, Findlay airports - Toledo News Now, Breaking News, Weather, Sports, Toledo

MORE INFO: WWII planes visit Toledo, Findlay airports

Posted: Updated:

Findlay Airport to host 3-day WWII B-24 Aircraft Event

June 23rd through 25th, join Findlay Airport <https://www.facebook.com/KFDYAirport> in welcoming the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil". Tours of the aircraft will be available in addition to the opportunity to FLY in this WWII aircraft. Tours are $5 per person, ride rates and pre-booking are available on the link shown under the "tickets" tab. Save money by booking your ride ahead of time!

Event Schedule:

Aircraft Arrival at Noon on Monday, June 23rd

Aircraft Tours from 2pm - 6pm Monday, 23rd

Aircraft Tours from 9am - 6pm Tuesday, 24th

Aircraft Tours from 9am - 3pm Wednesday, 25th

**Ride Flight at 4pm Wednesday, 25th**

NOTE: Additional Ride Flights will become available as the volume of pre-bookings increases.

Additional Links:

http://www.airpowersquadron.org/#!b-24-liberator/c1zoh <http://www.airpowersquadron.org/>

<https://www.facebook.com/events/771280392916394/>


WWII B-17 Flying Fortress "Sentimental Journey" Coming to Toledo, OH

"To Honor All Veterans, Past and Present"

One of the last flying WWII B-17 bombers, "Sentimental Journey," will be available for cockpit tours and flights at the Toledo ExpressAirport, June 23th - June 26th, 2014.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the primary bomber used by the American Air Force against Nazi Germany. Of the 12,731 B-17s originally built, less than ten remain in flying condition and only a very few fly regularly.  922 B-17s were lost in combat over Europe, with a loss of nearly 10,000 airmen.  The US 8th Air Force suffered the majority of these losses. Sentimental Journey proudly displays the markings of the 457th Bomb Group in their remembrance. Nose art of the Sentimental Journey features Betty Grable, the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. The aircraft is named after a song made popular by Doris Day in 1945.

Airplane enthusiasts, veterans, children and history buffs will love seeing this famous WWII aircraft. Sentimental Journey is maintained and operated as a flying museum and veterans' memorial by the all-volunteer non-profit Commemorative Air Force. Built during 1943, this heavy bomber has been continuously flown, performing missions from military reconnaissance to drone "mother ship" during nuclear testing, as well as firefighting, before being retired. It was donated to the Arizona Wing in 1978, restored to full military specification, and has been touring North America since the early 1980s. 

A thrilling flight inside this historic warbird starts at $425.00 per person. For flight reservations, call 602-448-9415 or email b17rc@azcaf.org <mailto:b17rc@azcaf.org>. Cockpit tours are only $5; ground viewing and photo opportunities are free to the visiting public from 9a - 5p each day. 

The Sentimental Journey is operated by the Arizona Airbase of the Commemorative Air Force located at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. Organized in 1978, the CAF's mission is to restore and preserve historically important aircraft and related memorabilia in order to educate the public about the significant contributions made by men and women in the defense of our nation.