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'Flying fortress,' famed World War II bomber, to visit Buffalo for weeklong exhibit

In its heyday, Boeing B-17 bombers were the  symbol of U.S. air power during World War II, earning the nickname of "flying fortress" in countless missions.

One of those famed aircrafts, "Madras Maiden," will land at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Monday, Aug. 7 for a weeklong exhibition sponsored by the Liberty Foundation's 2017 Salute to Veterans tour.

The bomber's visit, part of a tour to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the war's end, will be highlighted by public flights and ground tours on August 12-13. The foundation said it also would invite a number of WWII veterans from the area on flights earlier in the week.

According to the foundation's website, the Madras Maiden usually flies between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with ground tours starting after the last flight of the day. Ground tours are free. Flights are $410 for Liberty Foundation members and $450 for non-members. Call the Liberty Foundation at 918-340-0243 for more information about tickets.


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