Fly in a World War II airplane…Warbird Expo in town!

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Please fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables up, the Bowling Green Warbird Expo is in town!

“It is a visceral experience, it will change your life. You will remember this experience for the rest of your life,” said flight crew and wing historian Kevin Michels. 

History from nearly 100 years ago is coming alive in the sky with a few vintage warbirds brought to town by the Texas Raiders. 

The most iconic aircraft of World War II is the B-17 flying fortress. There were once more than 12,000 of the aircraft built during World War II…the one here is only one of five that still actively fly in the United States. The plane’s purpose was to drop bombs. The men in the plane were only between the ages of 17 and 22. 

“In the 8th Air Force alone, there were 300,000 men who served and 26,000 never came home. That means they never had the chance to grow old, have families, and those sacrifices are something we take for granted every day,” said Michels. 

The other two aircraft in town are the SB2C Helldiver dive-bomber and a twin engine Navy transport. 

“These are time machines, once you go up you go back in time, once you leave the ground you could be right there back in Europe during World War II,” said SB2C pilot and B-17 co-pilot Chris Jersey.

And making it even more special…the war planes are in town during the 78th anniversary of the battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day. 

“The 8th aircraft was heavily involved. Most aircraft took at least two missions that day to maintain air superiority over the beaches and it was very well done,” said Michels. 

Members of the public are invited to come take a tour for $10 or even board a flight for a few hundred dollars. For more information click here.