WATCH - I flew in a WWII bomber today - Nik Rivers

August 20, 2018

Photo Credit - Nik Rivers with permissions to Entercom Buffalo LLC

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So today, I had a chance to check off one of my bucket list items.  As a kid, I was WAYYYYYY into airplanes, and especially World War II ones for some reason.  My Grandfather had been a mechanic in the 8th Air Force in Europe, and I was always fascinated by the aircraft from that era.  Well today, I got to take a flight in one of the most legendary planes ever built.  The B-17 Flying Fortress "Madras Maiden". 

Photo Credit - Nik Rivers with permissions to Entercom Buffalo LLC

These planes were the workhorse bombers of World War II, and The "Madras Maiden" is in Buffalo this week thanks to The Liberty Foundation.  The B-17 “Madras Maiden” is one of only 12 B-17’s that still fly today. The B-17 dubbed the “Flying Fortress” as a result of her defensive fire power saw action in every theater of operation during WWII. The majority of all WWII B-17’s were operated by the 8th Airforce in Europe and participated in countless missions from bases in England deep into enemy territory. There were 12,732 B-17’s produced between 1935 and 1945, of these 4,735 were lost in combat.

Photo Credit - Nik Rivers with permissions to Entercom Buffalo LLC

Needless to say, I was beyond excited for this opportunity. Walking up to the plane, was like walking up to history.  The massive size of it, and its 13 gun positions were an amazing site.  To imagine back 70+ years ago, when thousands of these planes filled the skies of Europe during WWII is quite the visual, and this week, one of these historic planes will be taking to the skies over Buffalo…LOOK UP!  

Photo Credit - Nik Rivers with permissions to Entercom Buffalo LLC

I got to tour the entire plane while it was in flight.  One of the most amazing experiences I've had was when I got to sit in the nose cone bomber position as the plane flew over Buffalo.  Check out the video...

The Liberty Foundation’s B-17 provides visitors the opportunity to take a step back in time and gain respect for the men and women who gave so much to protect our freedoms. At each stop, flight “missions” are available in the “Madras Maiden” which allow people to take flights in this historic aircraft.  The Liberty Foundation is a non-profit flying museum and funds generated merely help offset these high cost. Only the public’s interest and other generous donations keep this historic aircraft flying and from being silenced permanently in a museum for years to come.

You too can take a flight in the "Madras Maiden" this Saturday & Sunday, August 25-26. Flights are 10am to 2pm every hour on the hour. Ground tours are from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Anyone seeking info can call (678) 589-7433 or  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Photo Credit - Nik Rivers with permissions to Entercom Buffalo LLC

Photo Credit - Nik Rivers with permissions to Entercom Buffalo LLC