Omaha Public Radio News
8:33 am
Fri May 29, 2009

Liberty Belle takes flight over Omaha

Omaha, NE – A restored B-17 bomber will take to the sky over Omaha Saturday.

The plane, called Liberty Belle, is owned by the Georgia-based Liberty Foundation. Liberty Belle flew in to Omaha on Memorial Day. The aircraft was built in 1945 and retired from service in 1967. It was heavily damaged in a tornado in 1979. In 1990, the Liberty Foundation bought the B-17 and spent 13 years restoring it.

Liberty Belle pilot John Shuttleworth says it's an honor and a privilege to fly the plane. He says it's easy to fly but requires a lot of control.

The Liberty Foundation is offering flights on the Liberty Belle this Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM at Eppley Airfield. A flight costs $430.

Liberty Foundation Director of Operations Scott Maher says the plane is one of only 14 B-17s still flying today.