Restored B-17 flies into Olympia

One of the only remaining air-worthy B-17 bombers is open for flights to the public this weekend in Olympia.

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A restored Boeing bomber took to the skies over Olympia on Wednesday.

Flying in a World War II Boeing built B-17 bomber never gets old for Dick Nelms, who took his first flight more than 75 years ago.

The 92-year-old flew on a restored B-17 in Olympia Wednesday.

Nelms got to fly Wednesday, because he flew 35 successful missions over Europe in a B-17 during WWII.

“You didn’t know when you got in that plane and went into enemy territory for sure that you were going to get back,” said Nelms.

The Museum of Flight volunteer rides in a B-17 whenever he’s asked.

“Taking off with the engines roaring,” said Nelms, “Nothing much better than that.”

Flights are being offered to the public through non-profit organizations this weekend. Flights cost $475. The public can also tour the plane at the Olympic Flight Museum Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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