Thunder Over Michigan Airshow, August 24-26, 2018
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 August 24 the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over Detroit, MI. 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 August 24 at Willow Run Airport to participate in the Thunder Over Michigan Airshow.
Texas Raiders will be offering flights Friday afternoon and tours and flights at the airshow at Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI, on Saturday and Sunday August 25-26 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 on line at www.B17TexasRaiders.org.
Tours of the aircraft are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family of up to five members.