JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – It is not a history you often see. Not one you can actually still fly in, anyway.
On display at the Clark County Airport and even in flights as reminders of the past, are B17 and B24 bombers as well as a P51 Mustang fighter plane. All were used in World War II and are a few left still actively flying.
The B17 is one of the most well-known planes of the war. A crew of 10 fit inside and featured 13 .50 caliber machine guns. But many were surprised by how small they are inside the cabin. The B24 flew 130 bombing missions, marked by yellow bombs on the side of the plane. And the P51 contains 11 Nazi swastikas on its side, a commemoration of the 11 German planes it took down.
The Collings Foundation maintains the planes as education, and they embark on multi-city tours annually. The stop in Jeffersonville is part of a 110-city stop. It is at the airport through Wednesday. You can fly in the bombers for $425 for a half hour or $2,200 for a half hour in the fighter plane.
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