A Purple Heart recipient takes a special flight

Aug 8, 2017
Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A Niagara County man, who is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart honoree, was a special guest aboard a B-17 that flew over the Buffalo area Monday. He is just one of the veterans that the Liberty Foundation, which has brought the Madras Maiden to Buffalo, works to honor in their annual tour of U.S. cities.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Next weekend at Prior Aviation, a vintage B-17 bomber will be available for the public to tour and fly aboard. WBFO's Michael Mroziak and Avery Schneider were among local news media welcomed aboard Monday for a preview flight.

WWII aircraft visit Buffalo

Jul 18, 2012
Jim Ranney

The B-17 "Flying Fortress," which belongs to the Liberty Foundation, is on a national tour of more than 40 cities in what it calls a Salute to Veterans. 

This particular plane was built toward the end of World War II and never saw any combat, but has been painted in the colors of the original Memphis Belle that flew countless missions with the 91st bomb group of the 8th Airforce.  It was the first B-17 to complete 25 missions, something pilot Bob Hill says was unheard of. 

Many of the planes and thousands of crew members were lost during the war.