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 Albuquerque International Airport, May 14-17.
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 Albuquerque. The public is invited to enjoy an on-board tour with the aircraft crew, or take the ultimate Living History Flight Experience and see Albuquerque from the sky! Join us at Cutter Aviation, 2502 Clark Carr Loop S.E., Albuquerque International. 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 1:00 PM on Monday and at 10:00 AM Tuesday through 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 the ticket link!