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Evansville Wartime Museum offering historical aircraft flights, tours

Vintage war planes arrive in Evansville
Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 12:25 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 5:31 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Vintage planes came to Evansville on Wednesday for a four-day event.

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The Commemorative Air Force is led by the B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders.

Accompanying the big bomber were two other vintage WWII aircraft.

“We’re excited cause the whole point of this museum is to keep the story alive of the contributions this city has given to the military, to the homefront effort in providing for the military,” Dona Bone said.

You can see them at Evansville’s Wartime Museum at 7503 Petersburg Road.

Officials say the B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders is one of only four remaining that are actively flying today.

Volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force hope to educate the community about their history and the veterans who flew them. One volunteer shared his experience with the Texas Raiders.

”I was a radio operator on board that very aircraft 76 years ago,” Dan Ragan said. “I wrote the history of my navy squadron and that’s when I discovered that this aircraft was still flying. I discovered who owned it, and knowing who owned it, I knew that it was flying. I touched base with the CAF and the rest is history.”

The B-17 will be celebrating its 76th birthday on Monday.

Click here for information on flight and tours.

Guests who bought tickets ahead of time will be riding in the planes for around a half-hour at a time.

Those who couldn’t get tickets in time will still be able to see the planes and tour the inside from on the ground.

The event is this weekend from July 8 through July 11.

Tours are being offered from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.

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