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"Flying Fortress" Headed to Local Airport

The B-17 "Flying Fortress" is one of only a few left

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    "Flying Fortress" Headed to Local Airport
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    In this handout image provided by the U.S. Air Force, the "Sally B" B-17 Flying Fortress performs fly-bys during the Memorial Day ceremony held at Madingley American Cemetery May 31, 2004 near the city of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

    A fully restored World War II-era bomber will visit the French Valley Airport near Temecula and be available for ground tours and excursion flights.

    The B-17 "Flying Fortress" is one of only a few left, according to Peter Griffiths, organizer of the event.

    B-17s were a workhorse for the U.S. Army Air Corps beginning before World War II. The model was replaced by the newer B-24 midway through the war, and the last active B-17 was retired by the Brazilian Air Force in 1968.

    The bomber plane will be on display to the general public Tuesday and Wednesday at the small airport east of Temecula.

    An excursion flight ticket is $399, with discounts available for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Ground tours are $5 per person or $15 per family, for adults and children under 17, and all children under eight years old can visit the plane for free when accompanied by an adult.

    The plane will be brought to French Valley as part of a "Salute to Veterans" tour arranged by the EAA.