Ever Wanted to Fly in a World War II Bomber?
The Commemorative Air Force will bring three bombers to Martin State Airport this week for people to view, and for some, to fly.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to actually see, and in some cases, fly in an aircraft used in World War II," museum executive director Bob Byrnes said.
Byrnes said the aircraft expected to land at Martin State Airport around 1 p.m. Monday include a B-29 "Fifi," a B-24 and a P-51 Mustang.
Tours of the aircraft will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Byrnes said reservations to ride the planes can be made on the Commemorative Air Force's website.
According to the CAF website, the cost to view the cockpit of the aircraft is $10 per person and $20 per family with children 12 and under being free.
Also, the costs of B-24 rides start at $399, while the cost to ride the B-29 and P-51 starts at $595 and $1,995, respectively.
CAF spokeswoman Kim Pardon said getting to view the inside and/or actually fly in an authentic WWII bomber is part of the organization's "Living History" program.
People of all ages, ranging from elementary school children to senior citizens, are interested in the planes, according to Pardon.
"It's really special when we have someone come up to us and tell us they were a World War II veteran who flew one of our planes in combat or when we get a factory worker who told us they helped with the construction," Pardon said. "It helps us let younger people learn about history while older ones can relive it."