Airbase Arizona - Commemorative Air Force

B-17G Flying Fortress

Sentimental Journey

Wartime Mission: Heavy Bomber bristling with armament with aerodynamic features. The first B-17s went into combat in 1941 by the British Royal Air Force. In the Pacific theater, they earned a deadly reputation with the Japanese and were legendary for their ability to return home after taking brutal poundings. They served in almost every theater of World War II and dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs. The B-17G was produced in greater numbers than any other B-17 model with a total of 12,731 aircraft produced by Boeing, Vega, and Douglas. Our Sentimental Journey is one of eight B-17Gs around the world still flying today and was built in November, 1944.


After participating in the Pacific theater of World War II, B-17s were used for other military purposes including photo-mapping, atmospheric nuclear weapon testing drone control, fighting forest fires, and other civilian purposes.

Flight details

Number of Passengers: 8
Price: $425 for Radio Room/Gunner seats (6 total); $850 for Bombardier seats (2 total) – highly coveted in the nose of the airplane enclosed in see-through plexiglass.
Accessibility: Must be able to climb into aircraft: Radio room/Waist gunner seats require climbing a 3-step ladder; Bombardier/Navigator seats require climbing 6 step ladder.
Ear Protection: Earplugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity: Low (typically less than a commercial airliner)


The B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey”

General Characteristics
Type: Heavy/Strategic Bomber
Manufacturer: Boeing (later on Vega and Douglas)
Maiden Flight: 28 July 1935
Introduced: April 1938
Theater of War: World War II
Number Produced: 12,731
Status: Retired in 1968
Our B-17G “Sentimental Journey” was built in November, 1944

Crew: 10
Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in
Length: 74 ft 4 in
Height: 19 ft 3 in
Empty Weight: 36,134 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 65,500 lbs

Power Plant: (4) Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone Turbo Supercharged Radials
Horsepower: 1,200 hp
Maximum Speed: 263 knots (302 mph)
Service Ceiling: 36,400 ft
Rate of Climb: 900 ft/min
Range: 3,259 nm (3,750 mi)
Armament: Guns: (13) 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning Machine Guns
Payload: Up to 8,000 lbs ordnance (short range missions of less than 400 mi) and up to 4,500 lbs ordnance (long range missions of up to 800 mi)

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B-17 Bomber seating chart

  • Passengers must be 12 years of age or older.
  • For safety reasons, all passengers must wear close-toed shoes. No Sandals or flip-flops will be allowed.
  • All flights take-off from and land at the same airport.
  • Passengers must be able to board aircraft without assistance: Radio room/Waist gunner seats require climbing a 3-step ladder; Bombardier/Navigator seats require climbing 6-step ladder.
  • There are 2 seats in the nose section: The bombardier seat at the front of the compartment and the navigator seat immediately behind. Passengers are requested to swap seats during the flight so that each passenger may experience either takeoff or the landing in the bombardier’s seat.
  • There are 3 seats in the radio room and 3 seats in the waist compartment. In flight, passengers are allowed to move around in these two compartments and enjoy the view through the waist gunners position.
  • There is a minimum number of passengers required to fly this aircraft. If the minimum is not met 24 hours prior to flight time, the flight will be cancelled.
  • Flights may be cancelled due to weather, mechanical, or crew availability