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EXCLUSIVE: History Flies Again at 1940’s Airport Museum #Hounews

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"Texas Raiders" B-17 Flying Fortress of the Commemorative Airforce/Photo Credit: Brent Clanton

“Texas Raiders” B-17 Flying Fortress of the Commemorative Air Force/Photo Credit: Brent Clanton

Your chance to brush up against history is this weekend at the Hobby Airport Flight Museum:  A flying veteran of World War 2, the “Texas Raiders” B-17 Flying Fortress will be on display, as well as available for “revenue rides,” weather permitting, on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22.

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There’s something un-mistakable about the sound of a vintage warbird starting its engines–especially a B-17. “It’s a real B-17, and there’s nothing phony about it,” says Terry Senger, one of the pilots who currently flies the “Texas Raiders” for the Commemorative Air Force.

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“This plane was designed in the early 1930’s. The first one flew in July 1935,” he says. Boeing and its contractors would eventually produce 12,731 B-17 variants by the time the war ended, including the “Texas Raiders.” “This was Number-20 from the end of the line, in July of ’45,” Senger says.

And it’s flying this weekend into Hobby Airport. Click here for details.

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