May 21-24, 2018, Tulsa Jones Riverside Airport
At the end of July, 1945 the shiny new airframe that became the famous WWII Flying Fortress Texas Raiders rolled off the assembly line in Long Beach, California. The ensuing seventy years have seen the big bomber proudly serve her country in the military, in civilian aviation, and now as a flying museum for the Commemorative Air Force. Freshly painted in the colors of the “Mighty Eighth” Air Force in WWII and displaying fresh new nose art, Texas Raiders continues her 2018 touring season with a visit to Jones-Riverside Airport, May 21-24.
The United States built over 12,700 B-17’s and fewer than a dozen still fly today. CAF B-17 Texas Raiders was the first Flying Fortress to be restored solely for the purpose of education and use as a flying museum, and is one of the most accurately restored B-17’s, bristling with machine guns and featuring period-specific equipment.
It’s a classic barnstorming visit to Tulsa. The public is invited to enjoy an on-board tour with the aircraft crew, or take the ultimate Living History Flight Experience and see Tulsa from the sky! Join us at Christiansen Aviation Flight School, 8767 Jack Bates Avenue, Tulsa, OK. Tours of the aircraft are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family of up to five members. Flights on the Flying Fortress start at $475.
Tours start at 1:PM Monday and 10:00 AM Tuesday-Thursday and run through 4:00 PM each day. Those who wish to fly on Texas Raiders can call 1-855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217) or reserve on line at www.B17TexasRaiders.org.
Also joining Texas Raiders will be the CAF Tulsa Squadron's PT-19 as described below.
Other attending aircraft:
Commemorative Air Force Spirit of Tulsa Squadron PT-19, 'Silver Streak'
Fly Wide Open!
Experience the thrill of flying around the city of Tulsa with the wind in your hair and goggles over your eyes! The open-cockpit, fully-restored PT-19 “Silver Streak” is a piece of flying history! Ride in the same aircraft that trained our country’s aviators during World War II!
Rides are conducted from Jones/Riverside airport up Lewis Ave from which you can see Brookside to the Fairgrounds, Philbrook, St. Johns and Hillcrest Hospitals. The flight continues near the University of Tulsa campus, north to view the 1920’s navigation arrow located on the south side of Reservoir Hill. Fly over the Bank of Oklahoma Center, around downtown Tulsa buildings, and down Brookside and Riverside Drive before returning to the airport.
Rides are approximately 20 minutes for $150. (Add a GoPro video for $35 more!) They are a wonderful gift for a loved one – or a great escape for yourself! Individuals must be age 12 or over to fly in our PT-19. Maximum passenger weight is 250 lbs.
Reserve a ride at http://www.caftulsa.org/fly/