World War II-era bomber lands in Sacramento
The Madras Maiden, a World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress, will visit Sacramento this weekend. (Courtesy photograph)
- If you go
Where: Mather Field Airport, 10510 Superfortress Ave., Mather
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19
Hours: Ground tours, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Flights, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the hour
Cost: Ground tours are free. Flights are $410 for Liberty Foundation members, and $450 for non-members. Passengers can become a member for $40 and receive the member discount for family and friends. The ticket price helps the Liberty Foundation keep the Madras Maiden airworthy and ready for tours, a cost of about $1.5 million per year.
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:30 am
In the mid-1930s, with tensions in Europe rising and war on the horizon, Boeing developed its famed B-17 bomber, nicknamed the Flying Fortress. By 1941, the iconic planes were flying over Europe and the Pacific, providing air support to Allied forces during World War II.
Throughout the war, the planes dropped more than 640,000 tons of bombs in Europe alone.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:30 am.