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Take a step back in time on a WWII-era B-17 Bomber in Myrtle Beach

(Sydney Glenn/WPDE)

There is a different kind of airplane flying across the Grand Strand this weekend. It's like a time capsule as many get on the EAA B-17 bomber aircraft.

The World War II-era plane has flown more than a million miles, touring dozens of cities each year. There are fewer than a dozen B-17s left, and just a handful are still in flying condition.

“It’s a living history museum. There is so much of history that gets boiled down into a few paragraphs in a history book," Steven Silva, the lead tour coordinator, said.

It gives you a glimpse into what the men who served during WWII in the Air Force went through, pilot James Laing said.

“A short time before they are in rural America, and now they are over Europe, and people are shooting at them, and they are losing all their buddies," he said.

But more than the history, it's the stories that move the volunteers and keep them coming back.

"I've witnessed, personally, guys come out to the airplane and almost reverential and touch it and they go to another place, and they start talking and the tears come," Laing said.

The B-17 Bomber will be in Myrtle Beach all weekend. All active duty military, veterans and children 8-years old and younger can tour the plane for free. Tickets for adults are $10. You can also schedule a flight.

The plane is located at 1250 Airdrome Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29557

For more information, call 920-371-2244 or click here.


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