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Updated: 03/27/2014 08:00:16AM

Flying museum soars into Punta Gorda

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A B-17 Flying Fortress owned by the Commemorative Air Force - Gulf Coast Wing flew into Punta Gorda Airport Wednesday afternoon. The plane will be on hand for the Florida International Airshow, and flights can be booked on the historic bomber.


A historic B-17 Flying Fortress flies with its bomb bay doors open. The plane, dubbed the Texas Raiders, landed at the Punta Gorda Airport Wednesday afternoon.


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The engines of the Mighty Eighth will soon be heard in the skies above Punta Gorda when one of the bombers that helped bring the Axis to its knees arrives in Southwest Florida for the 34th annual Florida International Air Show.

The restored B-17 Flying Fortress bomber was scheduled to land at Punta Gorda Airport on Wednesday from its home outside of Houston. The flying museum will be available for tours at the airport, and a limited number of individuals will actually get to fly in the historic bomber.

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