Fly the Fortress at the Bluebonnet Air Show
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, September 7 the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over Burnet, 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, September 7 at Burnet Municipal Airport participate in the Bluebonnet Airshow.
Texas Raiders will be offering flights Friday afternoon and tours and flights at the airshow on Saturday, September 8 after gates open.
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. Flights on the B-17 begin at $475. Those who wish to fly with Texas Raiders are encouraged to call 1-855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217) or reserve online by clicking the ticket link.
Tours of the aircraft are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family of up to five members.
Photo by Gary Daniels
2302 S Water St
Burnet, Texas , 78611