Pictured from left, the B-17 Flying Fortress and BT-13.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County’s Jamestown Airport is pleased to announce that the National Warplane Museum, based in Geneseo, N.Y., will deploy a WW II –era B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber and BT-13 to the Jamestown airport on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019 for static display, tours and excursion flights.
The public is invited to tour the aircraft on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamestown Airport, located at 3163 Airport Dr. in Jamestown, N.Y. Tours of the aircraft are $7 for adults. First Responders and veterans are welcome to tour the aircraft for free and family rates are available. The National Warplane Museum is a not for profit organization and all tour proceeds are used to operate and maintain these rare, old warbirds.
For a fee, visitors will also have the opportunity to “take a flight into history” aboard the BT-13 or the B-17 Flying Fortress, the exact aircraft used in filming the movie “Memphis Belle.” Flights are approximately 30 minutes from engine start up to engine shutdown. Rates for a flight in the BT-13 are $295 and rates for a flight in the B-17 are $650 for a ride in the bombardier, navigator or engineer station, and $450 for a ride in the crew station. Take your position and experience first-hand what it may have been like to be a bombardier, navigator, waist gunner or flight engineer on a B-17 mission over Germany during WWII.
Visitors wishing to pre-purchase tickets for an excursion flight aboard the venerable bomber can do so at the National Warplane Museum’s website: https://fareharbor.com/nationalwarplanemuseum/items/164264/
A complete description of the aircraft and its unique history can be found on the National Warplane Museum’s website: https://nationalwarplanemuseum.com/ .