Historic B-17 plane used in World War II to tour Baltimore

MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - Seventy years ago, this B-17 plane could have been one of the thousands used in bombing raids in World War II.

Today, it’s flying over Baltimore.

The Liberty Foundation tours this plane around the United States all year long, and this weekend it is in Baltimore.

The good news is, you can take a flight on this plane.

The bad news is, the seats are $450 for a 30-minute flight.

The plane is very expensive to operate. Flight costs are more than $5,000 an hour.

But once you are airborne, you can walk around the plane and experience everything the soldiers did when these planes dropped more than 640,000 tons of bombs over Europe.

You’ll even come back to where you started, which wasn't always the case in the war. 

Boeing built almost 13,000 B-17s. More than 4,100 of those went down in combat. With a crew of ten, that means 41,000 men went down in a B-17.

Of that, about half were killed in action and half were prisoners of war.

With 11 13.5-caliber machine guns on this plane, there was a reason the B-17s were called the flying fortress.

Every person on this aircraft manned a gun. The only ones who didn't were the two pilots.

Not only did they have to deal with an environment where temperatures could hit 40 below zero, they also had to deal with anti-aircraft fire.

If the cost of a flight is too much, you can take a tour on ground for just a donation.

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