WWII bomber, other historic aircraft visit Jax

Published On: Mar 27 2014 04:26:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2014 08:55:15 PM EDT

A piece of U.S. military aviation history is on display in Jacksonville.

The only B-29 Superfortress still flying arrived at Jacksonville's Cecil Airport on Thursday. The B-29 first went into service in 1942 and served as a long-range bomber during World War II and remained in service through the late 1950s.

This particular aircraft was built in 1945 and was acquired by the Commemorative Air Force in the early 1970s.  This plane was the same type of bomber that delivered atomic bombs to Japan to bring an end to the war.

The aircraft was restored and flies it around the country helping to educate the public about the war.

"If you don't talk about it and aren't aware of it, pretty soon you start forgetting what went on in World War II and how World World II shaped our society today," said B-29 pilot Bill Goeken.

The B-29 along with a C-45 Expeditor, a Douglas AD-5 Skyraider and a PT-17 Stearman will be at Cecil Airport on the Normandy Boulevard through Sunday. It will be open for cockpit tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 11 to 17 and free for children under 10. Rides are also available, for an additional cost.

For more information, visit AirPowerSquadron.org.


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