See History Come Alive with Rare Warbird Flights and Ground Tours
Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight to showcase the B-17 Flying Fortress
Englewood, CO (Sept 6, 2022) – Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight is pleased to announce a B-17 Texas Raiders Showcase from Sept. 17-22. A fleet of iconic World War II aircraft, led by the B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders, will soar into Exploration of Flight at Centennial Airport on Sept. 17 for six days of cockpit tours and warbird flights.
B-17 Texas Raiders media flights will take place on Sept.16 at 11:00 AM with limited seats available. Contact Karen Slye if you are interested in reserving a seat (seating is based on a first come first served basis).
Along with the B-17 Texas Raiders, the showcase will feature the SB2C Helldiver and SNJ / T6, both of which are from the Commemorative Air Force and notable for their historic importance and restored conditions.
The US built over 12,700 B-17s throughout WWII and only five are actively flying today. The B-17 Texas Raiders was the first Flying Fortress restored solely for educational purposes and to WWII configuration with machine guns and period-specific equipment. Accompanying the iconic bomber will be the world’s only airworthy and flying dive-bomber SB2C Helldiver, as well as the popular SNJ / T6 Texan advanced trainer.
This week-long showcase requires event admission, which includes admission to Exploration of Flight as well as warbird ground tours. A limited number of flights are available for purchase through the Commemorative Air Force. Passengers will experience the engine start up sequence, a taxi to the runway, and a pause on the runway for a full engine run-up and flight clearance. Once airborne the flight lasts approximately 20-25 minutes.
Flight pricing and availability vary, and are subject to weather. Ground tours are available (but subject to change) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 17; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 18-21; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 22, excluding flight times.
For more information, visit the B-17 Showcase event page.
About Wings Over the Rockies:
Wings Over the Rockies is a Colorado-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring all people about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. By utilizing the Air & Space Museum in Denver’s historic Lowry neighborhood to preserve the past and the Exploration of Flight Center at Centennial Airport to focus on the present and future, Wings strives to encourage the future aerospace leaders of tomorrow. For more information about Wings Over the Rockies please visit WingsMuseum.org.