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Tyler 2020

Tyler TX Warbird Expo Weekend, July 2-5, 2020 Featuring Texas Raiders B-17 and Little Raider, C-45 and more

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It’s been over 70 years since the US Army Air Force lifted into the air to create the largest air armada ever to fill the skies during World War II, but on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday July 2-5 when several rare WWII warbirds will be roaring over Tyler, Texas.

The flight into Tyler Regional Airport will be led by Texas Raiders – the famed B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. Of the 12,731 B-17’s built across the US, only nine are currently flying— and Texas Raiders bristles with authentic machine guns and period-specific equipment. Also on the tarmac will the notorious SB2C dive-bomber Helldiver, the only one of its kind flying in the world today. Attendees will enjoy the Navy blue JRB Little Raider that can seat a family of five! All the aircraft are notable for their historic importance and level of restoration, and together offer a seldom seen look into America’s aviation history. All aircraft will also be performing in the Thunder Over Cedar Creek Airshow on the evening of July 4 and there will be a dusk show Friday July 3 as well. 

Tours of the aircraft are available to the public as is the opportunity to ride in all the aircraft.  Beginning at 1:00 PM on July 2 and at 10:00 AM July 3, 4, and 5, the public can visit the aircraft and take on-board tours that include commentary from crew members. Admission to the event includes full access to the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum http://www.tylerhamm.com/ .  Attendees who want the ultimate Living History Flight Experience can make a reservation now for one of the limited number of 25-minute flights on the aircraft.

Special thanks to the Historical Aviation Memorial Museum for hosting Warbird Expo.  Click here for the HAMM website




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 You can also sign up for a ride in the SB2C Helldiver!


 This is your opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime adventure and take a historic flight on the last flying SB2C Helldiver in the World!! Experience the thrill of lifetime when you board the Navy’s deadliest aircraft of WWII.

When you take flight you will feel the power of the R2600-20 radial engine’s 1900 horse power as you sit in the gunner’s seat. This is an assault on your senses and an experience you will never forget. Reserve your ride today on the battleship destroyer! The “BEAST” is ready and waiting for you. Scroll down for online booking.


 Ride the C-45/Twin Beech "Little Raider"

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 Experience the magic in the sky with a flight on the Commemorative Air Force twin engine Beech 18.  Painted in Navy colors and sporting an Admiral’s stars, the Twin Beech seats five passengers in cozy comfort as she lifts into the sky.  Want the view from the cockpit?  The co-pilot’s seat is available, as well as four cushy leather seats in the cabin. Children age five and over are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Each flight is approximately 20 minutes in the air, and includes a safety briefing and photo opportunity with the pilot.  

Seats in the cabin: $100 each

Co-pilot seat: $200

Book the whole airplane: $540 (that's a 10% discount. Call for discount)

NOTE: 4 seats must be sold for the flight to go

To purchase a ride call 1-855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217) or reserve on line at www.B17TexasRaiders.org or use the form below



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