Beaumont Air Show, May 17-19, 2019
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It has been 70 years since the last B-17 lifted into the air during WWII to join the largest air armada ever to fill the skies, but on Friday May 17 the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over Beaumont, TX. Of the 12,731 B-17s built across during WWII, only 9 are actively flying—including Texas Raiders, which is part of the Commemorative Air Force. One of the last flying examples of the famous aircraft arrives Friday May 17 in Beaumont to participate in the Beaumont Airshow.
Texas Raiders will be offering tours and flights at the airshow at Jack Brooks Regional Airport on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 17-19 along with an array of aviation performers.
Texas Raiders was the first Flying Fortress to be operated solely for the sake of preservation and use as a flying museum. She is one of the most accurately restored B-17’s, and bristles with machine guns and features period-specific equipment. The public can visit the aircraft and for nominal admission can take a walk-through tour that includes commentary from crew members. Attendees who want the ultimate Flying Fortress experience can make a reservation now for one of the limited number of 25-minute flights on the classic aircraft. Tours of the aircraft are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family of up to five members. Flights on the B-17 begin at $475.
The public is invited to come out to attend the 2019 Beaumont Airshow to tour the aircraft and meet her crew. Those who wish to fly with Texas Raiders are encouraged to call 1-855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217) or reserve on line at www.B17TexasRaiders.org.
Cockpit tours are available Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 AM each day, and are conducted throughout the day, excluding flight times.