Yesterday I took a quick ride up to North Andover, Massachusetts where the Lawrence Municipal Airport lives. At this airport a piece of flying history decided to pay a visit on a decidedly cloudy weekend. The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of World War II’s iconic aircraft. Only fourteen airworthy examples exist in the world today – a mere fraction of what was produced during the war.
This example used to live in Windsor Locks at the New England Air Museum adjacent to Bradley airport. It was destroyed in the tornado of 1977, but rebuilt after tens of thousands of man-hours of restoration work. Liberty Belle was taking people up for flights for about $400 a head. If I wasn’t broke, I’d consider doing it. I’d love to be able to take some photos aboard this majestic beast.
You’ll just have to live with this gallery of it taxiing, taking off, and landing.