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Burbank Airport To Host Vintage WWII ‘Flying Fortress’ Bomber

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A not-so-little piece of American history is coming to the skies above the San Fernando Valley this weekend.

KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports the World War II-era “Liberty Belle” is making a public pit stop at Bob Hope Airport.


A restored B-17 “flying fortress” bomber along with a rare Curtiss P-40 Warhawk will be available for public viewing and “flight missions” on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.

The vintage bomber was heavily used over Europe during World War II.

Veteran Art Sherman was among those lucky enough to jump back into the bombardier’s seat during a ride earlier this week.

“Let me tell you, it brought back memories,” said Sherman. “The only trouble is I had no bombs.”

For more info on how you can take a ride on the Liberty Belle Flying Fortress, visit the Liberty Foundation website.

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