LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It was the American workhorse in smashing the Nazi hold on Europe, and this week, the B-17 Bomber makes an appearance at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.
Three World War II planes are on display at the airport in Lubbock. On display and still logging miles are the P-51 Mustang, only 130 of these are still flying today, the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator, both of which were famous for their ability to sustain damage and accomplish the mission.
There were 18,000 B-24's produced during the war, which was the largest production of an aircraft in our nation's history. The one on display is the only one of its kind that's still flying today. "It really brings to life the experience these airplanes provide when you listen to four 1200 horsepower engines power up and feel it when it takes off," said Dennis Satterwhite, a local aviation historian.
Satterwhite says that the condition of these planes is better than they were when they were new during the war. These planes will take off for El Paso Wednesday at noon, so if you want to see these historical icons, Wednesday morning is only the time to do it.
Coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 10, we'll hear from a retired Air Force major who flew the P-51 Mustang among other aircrafts during his military career.
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