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FLYING FORTRESS GOES ON DISPLAY AT PROVO AIRPORT

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A World War II bomber is on display at the Provo Municipal Airport through Thursday.

The restored B-17G Flying Fortress, christened "Sentimental Journey," is operated by the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force. The bomber is one of the flying museum pieces from the national organization's "ghost squadron" - a collection of 160 WWII combat aircraft, including those of foreign nations.Visitors are allowed to touch and walk through the craft.

The Confederate Air Force is an all-volunteer, non-profit and educational organization dedicated to preserving in flying condition the planes used in WWII. Its collection of aircraft was begun in 1957.

The Flying Fortress is one of nearly 13,000 B-17s built during WWII. Only nine restored and flying B-17s are left in the United States.

Since its four 1,200 horsepower engines burn approximately $600 worth of fuel per hour, operating costs run high for the Arizona Wing. To offset these costs, a $3-per-person donation is requested of those wanting to tour the aircraft.