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The World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Madras Maiden" will take to the skies over Birmingham on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10am - 5pm, and in Huntsville on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Public flights will begin in the morning with ground tours in the afternoon. The aircraft is one of only 12 B-17s that still fly today.
The B-17 flight experience takes 45 minutes with approximately half hour in flight. B-17 Flights are $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for non-members. Passengers can become a Liberty Foundation Member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends. While the cost to take a flight sounds expensive, it must be put into perspective when compared to the B-17’s operating cost. A Flying Fortress cost is over $5,000 per flight hour. The Liberty Foundation spends over $1,500,000 annually to keep the B-17 airworthy and out on tour. During flight operations, there will be a designated, secure area for those who would like to watch the aircraft flights at no charge.
The "Madras Maiden" will be on the east side of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport at Atlantic Aviation FBO, 4725 65th Place North. It will be at the Huntsville International Airport at Signature Flight Support FBO, 2000 Houston Goodson Way.