B-17 Flies Into Forbes Field

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The work horse of World War II planes made its sentimental journey to the Capital City.

A Boeing B-17 bomber, named "Sentimental Journey," touched down at Forbes Field. The World War II combat aircraft will be in Topeka through Friday offering guests rides and a history lesson on World War II aviation in the 40's.

Max Baker, a World War II veteran who flew on the B-17 in the Pacific, said the bomber was a prime plane for the Air Force.

"It looked just like it did 50 or 60 years ago," Baker said. "One of my regrets, and I couldn't possibly do it, is somehow I didn't buy a B-17 because they just ruined these. They just destroyed thousands of these planes. It would have been nice to buy one and keep it."

Baker also survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

People can see the plane through Friday. Cockpit tours are $5, or view it from the ground for free from 9 am to 5 pm.

Hour-long rides also are available. Those start at $425.