Vintage WWII bomber to be welcomed to Conroe-North Regional Airport


The B-17, maintained and run by CAF’s Gulf Coast Wing, is one of only nine operating in the world.   File photo

The Conroe-North Regional Airport will soon be home to the famous World War II B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raider, where it will receive a fanfare welcome this week from several WWII Aviators and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

Texas Raiders will be officially relocated to Conroe in a special ribbon-cutting, where three WWII aviation veterans, who worked with B-17’s during the war, will take part as special guests.

The aircraft, maintained and run by CAF’s Gulf Coast Wing, is one of only nine operating in the world and is the initial plane to be restored as part of CAF’s education program. This year, the bomber celebrates its 50th year of service to the CAF and will serve as a “flying museum” to help the public learn about and see first hand, a vintage military aircraft as it flies throughout the country.

Also on hand at theTexas Raider’s welcome ceremony will be veteran pilots of the aircraft and the current crew of the historic bomber.

The Texas Raider’s ceremony will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at General Aviation Services on Central Parkway. For additional information visit www.b17texasraidersorg or call CAF at 832-444-5043.

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