Holden Buckner had the delight to fly in a real, restored B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber. This plane has four engine which was designed by Boeing in the 1930s for the Army Air Corps. Over the years, Boeing was able to modify and improve the plane in order to turn it into the strategic tool that it became for the Allied Forces.
Part of its impressive abilities were the range at which it could fly and deliver its payload. This long distance bomber could fly high, and defend itself against enemy units. It also proved itself as after serious battle damage. Being able to fly in such a storied aircraft was an enormous pleasure for Holden! This was one of only 10 models that remain flying today, but it was not a combat veteran from war time.
A little known fact about the B-17 was that the Royal Air Force of Britain actually got use out of the aircraft before the U.S. ever did. When England entered the war, it did so without a medium sized long range bomber. Early in 1941 England came to an agreement with the U.S.A.A.C. to receive 20 early prototype B-17s that were quickly nicknamed Fortress I’s. After some initial field testing in real combat, the RAF sent back some modification recommendations for improved handling and performance to Boeing. As the war progressed the RAF transitioned their preference for a bomber to the Short Stirling, but their early use was greatly helpful to the allied cause later on.
See the impressive, full flight video and view of inside the plan below: