573 Magazine Nov 2016 - Page 69

When Sentimental Journey entered service with the Commemorative Air Force, Arizona in 1978 members immediately undertook the chores of cleaning, polishing and repainting in WW II markings and putting the plane into excellent mechanical condition.  From the gun turrets, operational bomb bay doors, navigator and radio operator stations, Norden bomb sight and machine guns, Sentimental Journey has been completely restored to original condition and now offers flights to anyone interested in the experience. My name is Larry Perkins.  I am the pilot of Sentimental Journey.  I retired last year and now devote much of my time to flying the B-17 for the Commemorative Air Force. I have been very fortunate to fly many pilot hours in my favorite WWII fighters, bomber and transport: the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, B-17 and C-47.  It is a privilege to bring these warbirds on tour to give local people the opportunity to tour the aircraft and ride in them so they can personally experience the history. Giving warbird rides is my favorite activity. To learn more about the CAF and tour dates in the 573 visit: www.azcaf.org