Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24 the four Wright-Cyclone engines of Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress will be roaring over Texarkana.
Of the 12,731 B-17s built across the United States, only nine are currently flying, including Texas Raiders, which is part of the Commemorative Air Force.
One of the last flying examples of the famous aircraft is arriving in Texarkana to offer the public a rare opportunity to tour and touch one of history’s most legendary heavy bombers.
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 a period-specific radio compartment and the Norden bombsight.
Texas Raiders will offer tours and the unique opportunity to ride in the historic aircraft. On Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24, 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 30-minute flights on the classic aircraft.
The public is welcome at Tac Air, 501 Airport Drive at Texarkana Regional Airport to tour the aircraft. Tours 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 10:00 AM and run through 4:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday.