Sentimental Journey, the world's only fully restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, will make a two-day stop in Santa Monica to display its shiny silver fuselage, authentic machine gun turrets and cavernous bomb bay and bring back memories of America's golden age of aviation.
The plane is scheduled to arrive at Santa Monica Airport on Friday and will be open to the public outside the Douglas Aerospace Museum from 9 a.m. to sundown Saturday and Sunday, said John D. Wolven, spokesman for the Arizona Wing of the Confederate Air Force, a private organization that collects and restores World War II-era planes.
The plane was donated to the group in 1978 by four aviation enthusiasts who bought it from a company that used it for borate bombing of brush and forest fires. Members spent five years restoring the plane and mounting equipment.
"It's a real labor of love," Wolven said. "No one has even come close to estimating how much it cost them" to restore the plane.