B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ flights delight aviation enthusiasts

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From aviation buffs to excited student tour groups, half-hour flights by a B-17 “Flying Fortress” delighted crowds visiting “Wings Over Miami” Museum at Miami Executive Airport, Mar. 23-27.

The World War II bomber, manned by Texas Raider crew members, honored Lt. Col. Leo Gray, one of only two surviving Tuskegee Airmen living in Florida. The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black unit of aviators in WWII.

Also on hand was Lt. Stuart Newman (Ret.) B-17 navigator who flew 35 Flying Fortress missions with the 381st Bomb Group during WWII.

Living exhibits suh as the Chinese Nanchang CJ-6 trainer and a North American T-28 aircraft used by U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy pilots-in-training during the 1950s are permanently based at Wings.

Under guidance of president Suze Rice and a volunteer board of directors the museum provides events year around to keep aviation history alive in South Florida while providing educational exhibits that inspire young aviators to be.

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