San Marcos Airshow May 3-5, 2019
Hosted by Texas music icon, Cory Morrow, Go Wheels Up! Texas is a high-energy, family friendly celebration of music, automobiles, airplanes and of course - Texas cusine. Created for spectators from all walks of life, this uplifting and memorable weekend features an auto show, air show, and concert series and food festival.
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 3 the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over San Marcos, 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 3 in San Marcos to participate in the Go Wheels Up Airshow and Festival.
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 Go Wheels Up 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 10:00 AM each day, and are conducted throughout the day, excluding flight times.
Ride the C-45/Twin Beech "Little Raider"
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. You can fly the whole family over San Marcos. Want the view from the cockpit? The co-pilot’s seat is available, as well as four cushy leather seats in the cabin. Flights leave from the CAF hanger at San Marcos Regional Airport. 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: $150
Book the whole airplane: $500 (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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