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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)

Flying enthusiasts and history buffs alike can step inside some of the rarest and most historic airplanes from the Second World War, when the Flying Legends of Victory Tour lands in Penticton this summer.

The tour, featuring the B-17 and B-25 bombers from the Second World War, comes to the Penticton Regional Airport July 18 to 23.

People can take a ground tour of the planes, and get the chance to step inside and even 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. Both planes were 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 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.

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