The “Madras Maiden”, a restored WWII B-17 “flying fortress” bomber will take to the skies over Cheyenne this Sunday, May 14th.
Seventy two years ago these aircraft flew from bases far from home in an attempt to bring freedom to oppressed people.
Today, the Liberty Foundation uses this piece of living history to educate people today about the courage of WWII veterans, and remember those brave aircrew who never made it home.
Pilot Scott Maher told KNEB News “Madras Maiden” is a living museum.
The 45 minute flights are 10 a.m.. to 2 p.m. every hour on the hour, and are $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for non-members. Passengers can become members for $40 and receive the member discount for their family and friends.
Ground tours of the aircraft will then be available from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Maher stresses that while the cost sounds expensive, when you put it into perspective, the Fortress costs over $5,000 per hour to operate.
The Liberty Foundation spends over $1.5 million annually to keep this B-17 airworthy and on tour.
The Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit flying museum and funds generated merely help offset these high costs.
Maher says only the public’s interest and other donations keep this historic aircraft flying and from being silenced in a ground museum for years to come.