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Historic Second World War planes flying into Penticton

Penticton Airport welcomes the Flying Legends of Victory Tour from July 18 to 23
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The Arizona-based Flying Legends of Victory Tour is coming to Penticton from July 18 to 23. (Photo- Penticton Airport, City of Penticton/Facebook)

Residents will have the chance to step inside and even take a ride in some of the rarest and most historic airplanes from the Second World War.

The Flying Legends of Victory Tour, featuring the B-17 and B-25 bombers from the Second World War, is coming to the Penticton Regional Airport from July 18 to 23.

People will have the opportunity to take a ground tour of the planes, as well as a chance to step inside and take a private flight.

The bombers will be coming to Penticton from the CAF Airbase Arizona, a non-profit flying museum based in Mesa, Ariz. The planes were both built in 1944.

The B-17 is one of only five currently flying in the world. There were more than 12,000 that were built during the war.

The B-25, meanwhile, was named after General Billy Mitchell and is one of only 24 currently flying in the world.

Bookings of rides and tours are available now, through the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum.

Penticton is one of five Canadian cities to have a spot on the tour, joined by Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, Alta., as well as Cranbrook and Victoria.

READ MORE: Planes of the Penticton Model Aviation Club take to the skies over Okanagan Lake

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