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B-17 bomber ‘Madras Maiden’ to offer flights in Wichita

The “Madras Maiden” is a 73-year-old Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that will be on display and available for public flights on June 10 and 11 at Jabara Airport.
The “Madras Maiden” is a 73-year-old Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber that will be on display and available for public flights on June 10 and 11 at Jabara Airport. Courtesy photo

The Liberty Foundation will bring its Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress to Wichita for two days of flights and public tours.

The Oklahoma-based foundation’s “Madras Maiden” will be in town on June 10 and 11 at Midwest Corporate Aviation at Jabara Airport, 3512 N. Webb.

On both days, public flights will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by ground tours of the World War II-era bomber from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Cost of the 45-minute flight is $450, or $410 with a $40 Liberty Foundation membership that can be purchased on site.

Ground tours of the airplane are free.

It costs more than $5,000 an hour to operate the 73-year-old airplane, the group said in a news release.

Flights can be scheduled in advance by calling 918-340-0243. For more information on the group and its airplane, go to libertyfoundation.org.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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