WORLD WAR II
The most widely recognized and revered aircraft
of World War II is visiting St. Louis this week:
the B-17 Flying Fortress!
Along with the B-24 Liberator and the P-51 Mustang,
all these aircraft are preserved in working/flying condition,
and are open for inspection and boarding.
Of the 12,731 B-17's built, only 13 remain in
flying condition. The Flying Fortress was the center
of many famous battles in air campaigns
which led to the end of World War II in 1945.
Climbing aboard, it was hard to imagine its crew of 10
had room to complete a mission.
(It had a range of 2,400 miles, and a top speed of 250mph!)
Tomorrow, photos of the notorious P-51 Mustang,
and a lucky passenger who paid for the chance
to ride along in this attack fighter.