The Flying Fortress roared through the air space, and the unfamiliar rumble and rattle caused faces everywhere to look up when they heard its four Wright Cyclone engines. The B-17's owner, Douglas, Ga.-based Liberty Foundation, operates it as a nonprofit "flying museum." Hopping aboard and strapping in for takeoff gives riders a glimpse of what World War II veterans faced when flying out of England on bombing missions over Europe during the brutal conflict to halt the Nazi advance. This footage and photos came from a trip taken by a small crew of journalists in the air above Fresno on April 6, 2017 so they could publicize flights the Liberty Foundation offered two days later. The flights were a fundraiser for the foundation, and the money generated supports the preservation of the Madras Maiden, the name of the plane Lyon flew, and the restoration of two other B-17s currently undergoing the process in Georgia.

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