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Piece of WWII history comes to Nashville for first time in 8 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A piece of history is in Nashville for the first time since 2010. The Commemorative Air Force B-17 Texas Raiders aircraft is at the Nashville International Airport at Signature Flight Support through Aug. 30.  

The Commemorative Air Force has used this plane as a flying museum for the last 50 years.

The B-17 is known for being an integral part of U.S. military and aviation history. The B-17 bombers dropped more bombs during World War II than any other type of aircraft.  

The Commemorative Air Force is inviting the public to come and tour the Texas Raiders B-17. For adults, it's $10 to tour the inside of the aircraft and for children $5.

If you want to get the full experience, flights inside of the aircraft start at $475. It's your chance to experience World War II history and to be inside of one of the only nine remaining B-17s in the world that can still be flown. 

The B-17 has already drawn in quite the crowd including James Wren, a World War II veteran.

James served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 and was stationed in North Africa, Sicily, and the South Pacific. This was the first time that he's seen a B-17 on the ground. This is what he had to say:  

"I'm so grateful I'm still alive because I saw a lot of men that didn't get back and I made this statement one time, that God is making me talk. And if I get emotional it's because I can still see it. Don't feel sorry for me, feel sorry for the man that didn't get back. " 

If you want to see this flying museum, head out to the Nashville International Airport.  


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