World War II planes land in Austin for weekend

B-17 Flying Fortress (Frank Martinez/KXAN)
B-17 Flying Fortress (Frank Martinez/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A group of vintage World War II planes will be on display through the weekend at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Aviation fans will be able to get an up-close look at a B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51, C-47 and B-25.

The B-17 on display is one of just nine remaining bombers left in the world that is still flyable. The Texas Raiders plane has undergone eight years of extensive restoration costing more than $600,000. Nearly 250,000 man-hours went into making the plane ready for flight.

The visit also allowed Ed Olson, a 96-year-old Georgetown man and former B-17 instructor and WWII combat veteran, to climb aboard the plane he piloted. It was his first time flying in the B-17 in more than 70 years.

Where: Atlantic Aviation, 4309 Emma Browning Ave, Austin-Bergstrom Airport
July 4, 2014 from 10AM – 6PM:  Aircraft will be available for Ground Tours & Adventure Flights (B-25 scheduled to arrive at Noon this day)
July 5, 2014 from 10AM – 6PM:  Aircraft will be available for Ground Tours & Adventure Flights
July 6, 2014 from 10AM – 6PM:  Aircraft will be available for Ground Tours & Adventure Flights

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