Evansville Residents Get The Chance To Tour WWII Aircraft

Hosted at the Evansville Wartime Museum, the public was welcomed to come out for a day of learning about World War aircraft such as the B-17.

Posted: Jul 10, 2021 11:55 PM

The Commemorative Airforce Gulf Coast Wing is in town and people were lined up Saturday morning as they kick-started their 3 days stay in Evansville.

Executive Director Nancy Kwiecien was happy with the turnout on Saturday's event.

"The public who meets us loves our aircraft, they are astonished, amazed," said Kwiecien.

Hosted at the Evansville Wartime Museum, the public was welcomed to come out for a day of learning about World War aircraft such as the B-17.

Aside from just looking at the aircraft, CAF offered those in attendance the chance to take a deeper look inside.

"We hear comments like, my goodness I had no idea it was actually so small inside. To fly inside the B-17 Flying Fortress and aircraft with 104 ft. wingspan," said Kwiecien.

People were also given the chance to purchase a ticket to ride in the aircraft. With it being a piece of history, the ride was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many.

"They are priceless artifacts of American History, we work hard to take care of them and it is tremendously gratifying to get to be out amongst the public," said Kwiecien.

Aside from the public enthusiasm about the aircraft, CAF's overall goal is to commemorate veterans.

With Sunday being their last day in Evansville, they welcome the community to take part in the historical experience.

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It was another chilly start across the Tri-State; while we only dipped as low as 43° in Evansville, many others across the Tri-State fell into the upper 30s earlier this morning. The cool air didn't linger long however, temperatures quickly reached back into the mid 70s across the region this afternoon - higher pressure camped out over the southeastern quarter of the country will continue to keep the skies above the Tri-State clear while gradually driving temperatures higher over the next few days. Despite our anticipated southerly winds this evening, you may still want to grab a jacket before your head out to dinner; after seeing a temperature near 64° around dinnertime, we'll fall off toward the mid to upper 50s by 10 o'clock. Overnight lows will again dwindle into the mid to low 40s for the majority of the Ohio Valley early Tuesday morning.
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