A Special Visit from B-17G 'Sentimental Journey'
3rd of October, 2021
Come tour and ride the Commemorative Air Force B-17G "Sentimental Journey"
From Tuesday, September 28 through Saturday, October 3, 2021, 9:00am to 6:00pm daily (except Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm). Regular Museum admission prices in effect.
Sentimental Journey has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada for more than 30 years and currently flies to over 40 towns and cities each year. It is based out of the Arizona Airbase of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). and are the largest unit in the world of the Commemorative Air Force. They provide a one-of-a-kind experience where people can get an up-close and personal look into how these planes were made and hear the stories of how crews braved extraordinary odds. People can smell the exhaust; feel the vibrations and hear the sound of these muscular engines coming to life. Planes of Fame Air Museum and the Commemorative Air Force have partnered to bring you this exciting encounter.
About the B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey”
- B-17G Flying Fortress is named “Sentimental Journey.” Built in November 1944.
- She is exceptionally rare! She’s only one of 10 B-17Gs in the world that is still flying out of almost 13,000 produced from 1936 to 1945. 8,000 of them were lost in combat.
- Known as a strategic weapon because it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that could defend itself. It was nicknamed the “flying fortress” due to its ability to suffer extensive battle damage and still return home.
- Developed and produced by Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed. Was used in every theater of war from 1941 to 1945.
- The “Sentimental Journey” was originally manufactured and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces for war service in 1944 where she flew missions in the Pacific Theater.
- After the war she flew for training, testing and at-sea rescue missions and was eventually sold for surplus and used as a fire bomber.
- In 1978, the aircraft was purchased by a Commemorative Air Force (CAF) member and donated to the newly formed Arizona unit of the world-famous CAF where she was meticulously restored, maintained in tip-top condition, and is operated by all-volunteer crews from the membership of the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum.
- She has been involved in many Hollywood films: Twelve O’Clock High - starring Gregory Peck, Air Force – starring John Garfield, The War Lover,Test Pilot – starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, Command Decision– starring Clark Gable, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Memphis Belle.
Touring the B-17G is included in your admission price to the Museum.
Tuesday through Thursday, Museum customers will be able to tour the B-17 "Sentimental Journey". Beginning on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, "Sentimental Journey will be giving flights for reserved customers. "Sentimental Journey departs Planes of Fame Air Museum on Sunday at 3:00pm.