The Boeing B-17. You've seen the plane in a lot of the WWII movies.
Max and the Liberty Belle parked at Jabara airport over Memorial Day weekend
One of my favorite movies from this era was "12 Oclock High" It was about the people that manned a squadron of B-17's flying regular missions from England to bomb Germany during WWII. Many lives and planes were lost.
Wichita played a vital role in that process as a lot of those B-17's were made here. In fact, a lot of Wichita's growth as a city is a result from this war effort. Labor was cheap, the work ethic was strong with midwestern values, etc.If you had a spare $400 you could take a ride on this beautifully restored B-17 this last Memorial Day. Lots of people did. At the time it was quite a weapon. There were hundreds of these in the skies. Much of Germany was laid to rubble. Ahhh,,, you know the history. Max and I went out for a short ride one morning that Memorial Day weekend to get a shot of the plane. I had seen it in the sky the day before. It was slow, loud and impressive. Up close, it looks like someone did a beautiful job in restoring a 65 plus year old plane. A ride in it would be quite a rush! But I have Max, and a ride on him is a pretty good rush too.