THE LIBERTY FOUNDATION

 The Liberty Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

The Liberty Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 B-17 FLYING FORTRESS - THE MADRAS MAIDEN

B-17 FLYING FORTRESS - THE MADRAS MAIDEN

The Madras Maiden B-17 is coming to a town near you in 2018!

 

The Madras Maiden B-17 usually flies between 10am and 3pm each day with ground tours after the day's last flight. If you're in or around any of these upcoming stops, we welcome you to come out and see the plane when on tour in 2018. B-17 flights are $450 for non Liberty Foundation members and $410 for foundation members.

To take a flight in our Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named the Madras Maiden,  Call 678-589-7433 to schedule your flight!


Sept 29-30

Hickory, NC
Hickory Regional Airport(HKY)
3101 9th Ave. Dr. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
Hosted by the Hickory Aviation Museum and will be parked on the ramp near the museum
3101 9th Ave. Dr. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
Link to Museum: 
Hickory Aviation Museum
Call 678-589-7433 to
schedule your flight.


Oct 6-7

Winston-Salem, NC
Smith-Reynolds (INT)
Hosted by the Carolina Air and Auto Center
3801 N. Liberty St.
Winston-Salem NC 27105
Link to Center:
airandauto.org
Call 678-589-7433 to
schedule your flight.


Oct 13 & 14

Concord, NC
Concord Regional (JQF)
Concord Regional Airport
9000 Aviation Blvd. NW
Concord, NC 28027

Call 678-589-7433 to
schedule your flight.


Oct 20 & 21

Columbia, SC
Columbia-Jim Hamilton LB Owens CUB
Eagle Aviation
1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia,SC 29205
October 20th Aerofest 2018
Fundraiser for Camp Kemo
https://www.palmettohealthchildrens.org/programs/camp-kemo-programs/summer-camps/camp-kemo/about-camp-kemo
Call 678-589-7433 to
schedule your flight.


Oct 27 & 28

Savannah, GA
Savannah Aviation
34 Hanger Rd.
Savannah, GA 31408
Call 678-589-7433 to
schedule your flight.

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B-17 flights are $450 for non Liberty Foundation members and $410 for foundation members. 

Call 678-589-7433 to schedule your flight! 

http://libertyfoundation.org/schedule.html

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NARRATIVE:

The B-17 was employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields. From its pre-war inception, the USAAC (later USAAF) touted the B-17 as a strategic weapon; it was a potent, high-flying, long-range bomber that was able to defend itself, and to return home despite extensive battle damage. It quickly took on mythic proportions,[ and widely circulated stories and photos of B-17s surviving battle damage increased its iconic status. With a service ceiling greater than any of its Allied contemporaries, the B-17 established itself as an effective weapons system, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II.

SPECIFIC HISTORY

The Museum’s B-17G Bomber was manufactured by Lockheed-Vega and delivered to the U.S.A.A.F. on October 16, 1944. It was modified to be a “Pathfinder” B-17, equipped with the latest ground scanning H2X radar for nighttime bombing. It was used purely stateside in a training role during WW II before being dropped from the U.S.A.F. inventory in May 1959. In 1961, Albany Building Corporation purchased the B-17 and used it for hauling freight, before selling it in 1963 to Donthan Aviation Corp. who used the airplane as an agriculture sprayer. In 1979, Doc Hospers of Fort Worth, Texas purchased the airplane and restored it to flying condition. The airplane was then sold to Jerry Yagen at the Military Aviation Museum in 2009 before being purchased by Erickson in 2013. Of the B-17 “Pathfinders” that were built, it is the only one left in existence.

 

Other Partnerships....

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"In partnership with Big Mountain Heli Tours in Bend, the Erickson Aircraft Museum now offers scenic helicopter flights from surrounding Bend resorts and the Bend Airport, Sunriver, and Sisters to our museum in Madras. Add on your own flight with us when you arrive or drop by a local vineyard after your tour with us. Perfect for weddings, proposals, or corporate events originating from Bend and the surrounding areas. Let fly!”

 

http://flycascades.com/heli-tours/corporate-events/