WWII B-17 Flying Fortress Coming to Topeka

17 Flying Fortress “Sentimental Journey

One of the last flying WWII B-17 bombers, “Sentimental Journey,” will be on display and available for rides and tours at the American Flight Museum at Forbes Field Airport, June 2nd June 5th, 2014.

Nose art of the Sentimental Journey features Betty Grable, the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. The aircraft is named after a song made popular by Doris Day in 1945.

Built during 1943, this heavy bomber has been continuously flown, performing missions from military reconnaissance to drone “mother ship” during nuclear testing, as well as firefighting, before being retired. It was donated to the Arizona Wing in 1978, restored to full military specification, and has been touring North America since the early 1980s.

A  flight inside this historic warbird starts at $425.00 per person.  For flight reservations, call 602-448-9415 or email b17rc@azcaf.org. Cockpit tours are only $5; ground viewing and photo opportunities are free to the visiting public from 9a -5p each day.


The Sentimental Journey is operated by the Arizona Airbase of the Commemorative Air Force located at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. Organized in 1978, the CAF’s mission is to restore and preserve historically important aircraft and related memorabilia in order to educate the public about the significant contributions made by men and women in the defense of our nation.


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