Historic B-17 flies over Tulsa

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 6/28/2013 9:00 am Published: 6/27/2013 10:40 pm

The Aluminum Overcast B-17 is a piece of living World War II history in the sky.

The EAA restored B-17 has been touring the United States since 1994. Tulsa area-residents will be able to experience that piece of history at the Jones Riverside Airport at Jenks from Friday through Sunday.

The B-17 plane was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation back in 1981 with the provision of being maintained in airworthy condition.

FOX23 reporter Brittany Jeffers spoke with a Tulsa native and World War II veteran about the experience of riding on the B-17 more than 60 years after his military service.

Staff Sgt. Don Forsman told FOX23 that he flew 34 missions as a ball-turret gunman.

"I was too young to be scared," said Forsman.

Forsman said flying aboard another B-17 aircraft brought back memories of another time.

Aircraft commander Michael Hastings told FOX23 that he is honored that a tour or flight in the aircraft can bring a smile to veterans and to the public.

"The plane represents what the people of our country put on the line back then," said Hastings.

Tours of the B-17 cost $10 and flights are approximately $400.

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