Frequently Asked Questions

B-17 flying over Europebullet How do I schedule a flight?
bullet What happens during the flight experience?
bullet How long does the flight experience last?
bullet I am a pilot; will I be able to be in the co-pilot seat?
bullet How many seats are available on each flight?
bullet Do I need to be a Liberty Foundation member to fly?
bullet Is it possible to book a whole flight?
bullet How accessible is the airplane to people of limited mobility?
bullet Where can I direct other questions?

Answers

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A FLIGHT?
Once the B-17 is on tour and approved to give exemption flights, You will be able to make your reservation online at this site or by calling our scheduling line.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A FLIGHT EXPERIENCE?

1. ARRIVAL
We ask that you arrive one hour prior to your scheduled flight time to get acquainted with the aircraft and crew. You will be asked to fill out the flight experience information form, and if you have not yet paid, be asked to do so at that time.

2. PREFLIGHT
Shortly before your flight, we will have your flight group get together for our B-17 safety briefing, along with a brief history of this B-17 and the overall Historical significance of the B-17 Bomber.

3. DURING FLIGHT
Once airborne, you are free to move about the airplane and go to the various crew positions (nose, cockpit, Bomb bay, radio room and waist gunner stations) grab a Machine gun and really get a bird’s eye view of not only what this historic Aircraft was like during the war, and see the views seen by thousands of our hero’s over sixty years ago.

4. LANDING
All passengers must be seated with seatbelts fastened for landing. Once back on the ground, the airplane and crew will be available to you for additional photo’s and to answer any questions you may have.


HOW LONG DOES THE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE LAST?
Each flight experience lasts approximately 45 minutes, with half hour in-flight and 15 minutes in history briefings.

I AM A PILOT; WILL I BE ABLE TO BE IN THE CO-PILOT SEAT?
You will be allowed to visit the cockpit during the flight to observe the flight crew. It is not possible for you to sit in the pilot seats or interfere with the flight crew during the flight.

HOW MANY SEATS ARE AVAILABLE ON EACH FLIGHT?
There will be 9 seats available on each B-17 flight. These seats are reserved on a first-come first-serve basis.

DO I NEED TO BE A LIBERTY FOUNDATION MEMBER TO FLY?
No, it is not mandatory to be a Liberty Foundation member to ride in the airplane. However, a discount is given to the Liberty Foundation B-17 Historical Society members. The annual membership in the Foundations B-17 Historical Society is just $40 for individuals, $75 for families, and $300 for an individual lifetime membership.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BOOK A WHOLE FLIGHT?
Yes, it is possible to book the entire flight of 9 seats and we offer a discount given to those folks who book an entire flight – 9 seats for the price of 8.

HOW ACCESSIBLE IS THE AIRPLANE TO PEOPLE OF LIMITED MOBILITY?
The B-17 although not designed for passenger operations, has successfully flown people with limited mobility. A couple of steps are required to enter the airplane and the B-17 staff onsite will offer assistance to anyone who may require help.

WHERE CAN I DIRECT OTHER QUESTIONS?
For further questions, please email Scott Maher at smaher@libertyfoundation.org.

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