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World War II-era B-17 bomber to visit University Park Airport starting Aug. 28

Built in 1944, the B-17 “Sentimental Journey” is only one of 10 B-17s in the world that is still flying out of almost 13,000 produced from 1936 to 1945. The historic airplane will visit University Park Airport from Aug. 28 to Sept. 4. Credit: Commemorative Air Force Airbase ArizonaAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — One of the most iconic airplanes from World War II, a B-17 “Flying Fortress,” will rumble over the Centre Region for a weeklong stay at University Park Airport starting Aug. 28.

Tours and rides of the bomber will be available through Sept. 4 as part of the Summer Flying Legends of Victory Tour, made possible by the volunteers of the nonprofit Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum. The tour, which launched in June, is scheduled to stop in 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada through October to help educate the public about the role of aviation in combat.

The public will have the opportunity to climb aboard the B-17 — one of only 10 in the world that is still flying — during its stay at University Park Airport. Tours will cost $10 per person or $20 for a family of four. Rides in the B-17 will range in price from $425 to $850 per person, depending on the seat.

For information on tour and ride hours, as well as to book a flight, visit

Last Updated August 18, 2017