B-17 takes flight out of western Massachusetts

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CRASH IN THE COMING DAYS. BARRY: DESPITE LAST WEEK’S DEADLY CRASH, VINTAGE PLANES ARE STILL VERY POPULAR WITH THE PUBLIC. THE B-17 ON TOUR HERE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TOOK FLIGHT TODAY OUT OF BARNES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT IN WESTFIELD. THE AIRCRAFT IS HERE AS PART OF A MULTI- CITY TOUR – AND WILL BE GIVING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FLIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION CANCELED THEIR B-17 FLIGHTS LAST WEEKEND OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE CRASH AT BRADLEY. THEY HOPE TO CONTINUE FOR YEARS-TO-COME, TO HONOR THE LEGACY OF THE WORLD WAR II VETERANS WHO FLEW IN THESE BOMBERS. STEVEN SILVA, EAA B-17 TOUR COORDINATOR WE GET PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST FANS OF WORLD WAR II AND ARMY AVIATION. WE GET A LOT OF FAMILY OF VETERANS, THEY HAVE SOME FAMILY CONNECTION WITH THE AIRPLANE, AND IN SOME CASES THE VETERAN IS STILL WITH US SO WE CAN VISIT WITH THEM. BARRY: 22NEWS DIGITAL REPORTER MONICA RICCI TOOK A FLIGHT ABOARD THAT B-17 TODAY TO BRING YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT THIS HISTORIC PLANE. GROUND TOURS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THIS WEEKEND. WE’VE POSTED MONICA’S FULL STORY AND THAT TOUR INFORMATION ON

 

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