Take a 30-minute ride in a B-17

I cannot possibly imagine a better way to spend $430…


World War II-era planes are one of the things that caught my imagination early on in my life. I watched “Black Sheep Squadron” religiously with my dad, falling in love with the F-4U Corsair in the process. I helped my dad build model planes almost as far back as I can remember (and have a nasty scar on my left index finger from my second-grade attempt to cut an engine cowling for an F-4 Phantom off the sprue while dad was still at work, thinking it’d give us a head start on the few steps a night we managed to take through the construction instructions), and we built many, many B-17s.

I’ve only actually seen one – at an airshow somewhere, probably when the Texas-based Confederate Air Force was in El Paso. I would jump at a chance to see another one, and $430 for a chance to actually fly in one just seems like one of things that’d be impossible to pass up.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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