An iconic Second World War bomber will soon be in Prince Albert.
© Courtesy Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
The Sentimental Journey.
Visitors will get to climb inside a B-17, view the cockpit and gaze out the tail section where the gunner kept the Luftwaffe at bay.
The Sentimental Journey, which will be on display at the P.A. airport at the Trans West hanger from Aug. 26 to 30, is one of only about 13 B-17s that are still flying.
“It’s a very rare opportunity,” Prairie Heritage Air Show Society vice president Tim Munro said.
“This is the first time in roughly 12 years that it’s back and it may well be another 12 years before it’s back again.”
Known as “the Flying Fortress,” the aircraft had a wingspan of 103 feet, nine inches, carried a bomb load of 8,000 pounds and was armed with 13 .50 caliber machine guns.
Many people know the war bird through Twelve O’clock High, the 1949 film that helped make the B-17 one of the most recognized aircraft of the Second World War.
With 13,000 produced during the war, the B-17, along with the Lancaster Bomber, was instrumental in the Allied victory.
The Sentimental Journey is the most complete restoration of any surviving B-17, Munro said. Looking as though it just came off the production line, the glistening bomber even has a pinup of Betty Grable on its nose section.
In fact, the plane rolled off the assembly line in late 1944. It was assigned for action against the Japanese in the Pacific theatre.
Over the summer, the Sentimental Journey has been to Ontario, Winnipeg and Brandon. It will be in Yorkton Aug. 24 and 25 before heading to P.A., which is its last stop before returning to the U.S.
Northern Lights Casino provided the sole sponsorship for the B-17's visit.
The air show society would like to get the B-17 back for the 2015 airshow, but that will be hard because it is in very high demand, Munro said.
A crew will be onsite at the P.A. showing to explain the different parts of the aircraft. Tours of the inside are available for a $5 donation.
For more information call Tim Munro at 981-2011.