B-17 Bomber named the Madras Maiden arrives in Boise

Posted at 8:05 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 22:14:43-04

The Madras Maiden is one of just 13 B-17 bombers that fly worldwide, the historic airplane has made its way to Boise.

The public will get a chance to check out the World War II bomber that helped the United States and our allies win the war.

The plane had a ten man crew and became known as a plane that could take a lot of punishment, often bringing home the crew against extraordinary odds.

Still, because of all the fighting, 58,000 crew members went down and were either killed, went missing or were captured as prisoners of war.

The airplane was an integral piece of machinery in the war, however, it was the heroes that made the flying fortress a weapon of war that the Japanese feared.

On both Saturday and Sunday at the Jackson Jet Center at Gowen Field, the public will be able to take a ride starting at 9:00 a.m. both days, it does cost $450 for a flight.

Once the flights are over the people will be able to tour the historic plane and all the proceeds go back to the Liberty Foundation to keep the Madras Maiden in the air, the foundation is also currently working on restoring two more B-17's.

On Monday, Six on your Side's Steve Dent took a ride, click on the video to check it out.