History buffs, aviation fans and everyone in between can get a rare up-close look at restored World War II bombers -- or even take a flight in one -- this weekend at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.
The B-17 Flying Fortress named Sentimental Journey and a B-25 Mitchell called Maid in the Shade from the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum will give people a chance to go back in time and remember the veterans who flew the planes.
"They're restored back to their World War II configuration," said spokesman Rick Senffner. "A lot of these type of aircraft were built by the Rosie the Riveters -- the women of World War II. ... It's definitely a flying museum."
The 1944 B-17 Flying Fortress is the most fully restored B-17 flying today, Senffner said. There are eight B-17 Flying Fortresses still flying in the word.
The B-17 made a trip to the Tri-Cities a few years ago, but this is the first year the B-25 has toured, Senffner said.
The B-25 Mitchell flew 18 combat missions out of Corsica during WWII. It took 28 years to restore the bomber, with restoration being completed in 2009.
"Over 26,000 aviators were lost flying these missions," said Senffner, who added that the planes are also a memorial.
The planes will be on display 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the airport.
The bombers also will perform flybys at the Water Follies Air Show this weekend.
Tours of the B-17 cost $5 for adults and $3 for kids 5-12, and it's $425 a person to take a flight on the bomber. To sign up for a spot, call 602-448-9415 or go to the airport.
Flights also can be taken on the B-25 for $395 a person. Call 480-322-5503 or visit the bomber to make a reservation.