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Tour the WWII-era B-17 "Madras Maiden" in Waukesha

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 19:50:49-04

Part of history is grounded at the Waukesha County Airport this week.  The public has a chance to take a rare look inside a restored WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Madras Maiden."  

The bomber aircraft, one of twelve that still flies, is in Waukesha for the first time.

Keith Youngblood travels with the plane all over the country setting the scene for visitors. 

"They would have been on these missions for 8 to 12 hours at a time.  And during those missions at 25-30 thousand feet the altitude up there yah know you can't breathe and it's incredibly cold," Youngblood said.

The temperature could get down to negative 60 degrees inside the plane at that time. 

Pilot James Hammons volunteers to fly the B-17.  It's his way of honoring our veterans. 

"Oh, it's priceless...We're able to allow their families to come in here and see what their office was like when they were saving the world," Hammons said.

Technical issues kept the plane grounded for media Monday, but the public is invited to go up this weekend for $450.  Organizers said it costs $5,000 every time the plane goes up.  

You are invited to tour the B-17 for free. 

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