B-17 Bomber ‘Texas Raiders’ Arrives at Shreveport Downtown Airport
An authentically-restored B-17 Bomber landed in Shreveport today to celebrate the 75-year legacy of the Flying Fortress and introduce this segment of history to the public.
Texas Raiders, in partnership with the Barksdale Global Power Museum, will offer walk-through tours and rides, bringing the community in touch with a unique part of history.
The B-17 was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force July 12th, 1945, and is one of just nine left flying in the United States today.
To support the flying operation of Texas Raiders, the volunteer members of the Commemorative Air Force Gulf Coast Wing is offering rides and tours at the Shreveport Downtown Airport today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. All donations for tours and rides are tax-deductible.
A local 14-year-old was slated to be a special passenger this weekend, but we're told Joshua Black, the Louisiana Champion of the Children's Miracle Network, has been admitted to CHRISTUS Sutton Children's Medical Center in Shreveport and won't be able to fly.
But the CAF crew is honoring him by planning a trip to the medical center to meet Joshua and give him a signed event poster.
To find out more about the Commemorative Air Force and its events, visit the organization's website.