Airport opens hangars to public
June 2, 2007
What is Wings Over Carson?
It’s an open house for the Carson City Airport, showcasing planes including a B-17 and two B-25s. It was held Saturday.
Static demonstrations and flying demonstrations of radio-controlled model airplanes were also performed.
Maps of the future airport and other documents were on hand.
What people thought
“It brings back memories, I guess. I was in the Navy (in World War II). I’m thrilled to be able to see them.”
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What can we do today?
The Sentimental Journey, a World War II B-17G Flying Fortress, will be at the airport again today. The model carried 10-man crews during the war.
Built in November 1944, it was used in the Pacific for photomapping, then for atomic bomb tests in the Bikini Islands. It was one of the last B-17s to be retired from the Air Force. It was later used as a civilian firefighting plane, according to the Commemorative Air Force.
How can we go up in The Sentimental Journey?
Cost to go up is $425 for each person. Organizers require groups of six for trips to be feasible.
It costs about $3,000 per one hour flight for the organization, Commemorative Air Force, Arizona wing, to keep the aircraft flight-ready, said Rick Senffner, public information officer for museum based in Mesa, Ariz.
The public may tour inside the plane for a $5 donation and commemorative merchandise also will be on sale.
Call (602) 448-9415 or visit http://www.arizonawingcaf.com for reservations or other information about the Sentimental Journey.