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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is pleased to announce that the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will bring an operational B-17 Bomber to Trenton-Mercer Airport for “flight experiences” and public tours next weekend.

The public can tour the aircraft or arrange to take a flight August at the Ronson Aviation ramp, located off Exit 3 of Interstate 95 at Trenton-Mercer Airport.

“Trenton-Mercer Airport is a historic facility and a perfect venue to present this vintage aircraft from World War II,” said County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “The B-17 was known as the ‘Flying Fortress’ and was a major factor in helping the Allies gain the upper hand in World War II.”

Walking tours are offered from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, Saturday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 23.

EAA is a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. EAA’s 160,000 members fly, build, and restore recreational aircraft, including the historic World War II B-17 bomber that will be at Trenton-Mercer Airport. It is the EAA’s hope that through this annual nationwide tour, the thousands who have the opportunity to see and ride in the B-17 will gain a profound appreciation for those who fought to preserve our freedoms while flying it and others like it.

A donation of $5 per person or $15 per family is requested for the tour. Children under 8 years old are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Walking tours are free to all active military members or veterans. Residents may also schedule an actual 45-minute flight in the B-17 by calling in advance to the EAA at 800-359-6217; the cost is $399 per person. “Walk-up” reservations for a flight are priced at $425 per person. 

For general information about the tour, or for directions, contact Ronson Aviation at (609) 771-9500.