Chennault International Airshow, Lake Charles, LA May 10-12, 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 Saturday and Sunday May 11-12 the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over Lake Charles, LA. Of the 12,731 B-17s built 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 Thursday afternoon, May 9 to participate in the Chennault International Air Show.
Texas Raiders will be offering flights Friday afternoon and before and after the airshow on Saturday and Sunday May 11-12. Tours of the aircraft willl be available during the airshow.
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 at the airshow and 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. Flights on the B-17 begin at $475.
The public is invited to come out to attend the 2019 Chennault International 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 at the airshow Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:00 AM each day, and are conducted throughout the day, excluding flight times.