This year’s salute to veterans from all military branches promises to be the best ever in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.
Several veterans from the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville as well as other veterans and area residents will get an opportunity to see up close one of the greatest aircraft that ever flew during World War II — a B-17G.
The aircraft will be on display at the Baldwin County Regional Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day. Some people might even have the unique experience of flying in the aircraft with its crew over downtown Milledgeville and other parts of Baldwin County.
There will be a fee for flying, provided the weather is suitable for such when the historic aircraft arrives at the local airport.
Members of the Baldwin County Regional Airport Committee, which is led by Jim Wolfgang who serves as committee chairman, have already met once to begin planning for the plane’s visit. A similar meeting is scheduled to take place today (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the conference room at the Baldwin County Regional Airport.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for people around here to see one of the most historic aircraft from World War II that’s ever flown in this area of the country,” Wolfgang said before the airport committee’s first meeting about the upcoming visit of the EAA’s B-17G.
Wolfgang provided members with information on the local visit.
The weekend prior to the aircraft flying into the Baldwin County Regional Airport, it will be involved in a public event in Lawrenceville, Ga.
“It will come here on Monday, (Nov. 11) before leaving here and flying on into Savannah,” Wolfgang said. “It’s sponsored by the EAA Chapter. We will try to find out a time of when the aircraft will be flying into our airport, so we can publicize that and get people to come out and see it.”
Wolfgang explained that there is no local chapter of the EAA, but there are several pilots and members of the local airport committee who support EAA.
On the day of the actual event, the aircraft can be toured from 2 until 5 p.m.
“You will be able to see where the bombs were and things like that,” Wolfgang said. “Those are $10 for individuals, $20 for a family. Veterans and active military personnel will be free.”
David English, one of the members of the local airport committee, said the event will be well organized and that he had attended a similar event with his daughter in Texas.
“She took pictures and thought that was pretty neat,” English said. “It was one of those things that’s good for all ages.”
—For more information about costs associated with the visit of the WW II aircraft, visit b-17.org or call 800-359-6217.