August 26, 2002
Tour or take a flight in a B-17 this week
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
During World War II, the Boeing Company built over 12,000 B-17 Flying Fortresses.
Former military pilot Henry Reverman of Seattle had the "honor" as he calls it, to pilot some of the four engine bombers for a brief period of time before he was sent to India to fly transport missions into war-torn China and Burma.
But before he was sent overseas, his job was to ferry the shiny new B-17s from Boeing Field to Great Falls, Montana. From there they would be flown to Alabama to be outfitted with armaments.
"It really was an honor to fly the B-17," he said. "They were so big (for that time) and had a lot of power but they were very easy to fly."
For former crewmembers who wish to take a trip down memory lane, or those who just love to see historic aircraft, there will be an opportunity this week to see or even fly aboard a B-17. A restored Flying Fortress, owned by the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) will be in Seattle for flights and tours as part of its 2002 "Freedom Tour."
From Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, the plane will be at the Museum of Flight, located at the south end of Boeing Field.
Flights will take place in the mornings, and tours in the afternoons, between 2-3 p.m.
Prices for ground tours are $5 for adults (age 18 and up), $4 for children (8-17), children under 8 free when accompanied by paying adult, $10 per family (adults and children 17 and under), B-17 Historical Society members and 398th Bomb Group members are free. Special group rates can be arranged by calling 1-800-359-6217.
"Mission" flights cost $350 for EAA members and $395 for non-members.
Flights last 30 minutes and include a pre-flight briefing. Call 1-800-359-6217 for information.