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Flying Fortress Is A Direct Hit

Friedman Memorial Airport held its annual Airport Appreciation Day on Saturday with an estimated 1,500 people attending over a six-hour period. Hamburgers, hot dogs, toy airplanes, hats and shopping bags were given away by the airport and its tenants. This Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was the major attraction, with hundreds of people going through the aircraft to see its design, size and complexity. The plane is part of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, helping to keep the aviation history of global World War II aircraft alive. The B-17 was a high-flying long-range bomber that dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. It burns 200 gallons of fuel per hour and has 36 gallons of oil behind each of its four engines. The break-even dollar amount necessary for a one-hour flight is $2,550, which explains why rides were offered for more than $400 with a five person minimum. Two rides were sold over the weekend. Photo by Willy Cook



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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