The wild blue yonder

If you thought you heard or saw a B-17 Flying Fortress in the skies yesterday, you did. Also sighted aloft was a Liberator. The Collings Foundation has brought these vintage military aircraft to Bergstrom (at Atlantic Aviation), and today’s the last day. Listen for them and watch for them; they’re low enough at times to see really well. We considered going up, but a thirty-minute flight, though tax deductible, is not cheap. Viewing these is free, from 9 to noon. Today’s the last day.

2 Comments so far

  1. Katie (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    There is seriously nothing like hearing an old bomber like that fly overhead. I went to see a B17 (and B25 and B24) that was also giving exhibit rides near my house outside of Houston recently.

    Oh duh, looking at the site I’m realizing they’re the same planes. heh.

    Wish I had the kind of cash to buy me 30 minutes of eating clouds in one… *sigh*

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

    The thought of flying on one of these was *so* tempting. I’ve been up in a hot-air balloon and of course in helicopters; I’m still waiting to go sky-diving; and I really wanted to go up in the Flying Fortress but it was just too much of a stretch. At times, they were obviously flying much lower than the reported 2,000 feet, by the way. The noise of each aircraft was so distinctive. I think that a lot of people here in this town must be deaf, because I could hear one coming and wouldn’t be able to get anybody else to hear and go to the window or go outside to look up.

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