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War Bird in La Porte Unlike Modern Planes

(LaPorte, IN) - A plane from World War II is on display in La Porte right now.   Len Root helped pilot the B-17 bomber when it landed Tuesday at LaPorte Municipal Airport.  Root, a commercial airline pilot from Ft. Worth Texas, said flying the warbird is much different than a commercial jetliner because of the modern technology not contained in the much older military plane.


Root is a volunteer with the Commemorative Air Force which owns the plane taken nationwide annually for tours and rides for the public to keep alive the memories of fighter pilots from WWII.


Tours are $10 per person and $20 for a family.


Rides cost $450 and $825 depending on where you want to sit on the plane.


The fees go toward continued maintenance of the plane which will be at the airport through Sunday.

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