Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a flight?
You can make an on-line booking by following this link, or by calling toll-free 1-800-FLY-NB17 (1-800-359-6217) Walk-ups for the current tour stop are always welcome and
you can call the tour directly to do so at 920-371-2244. The Tour Coordinator can let you know if seats are still available at the current tour stop.
What happens during a flight experience?
Here is the schedule for a typical flight experience:
We ask you to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled flight time to get acquainted with the aircraft and crew. You will be asked to fill out a form, and if you have not yet paid, the fee will be requested at this time as well.
Shortly before boarding the airplane, we will discuss aircraft safety with you and the other riders. Seating assignments and flight procedures will be discussed at this time. You will then be taken aboard the aircraft. All passengers must be seated and wear a seatbelt for engine start, taxi, and takeoff.
3. During Flight:
Once the aircraft is in the air, you will be allowed to move about the aircraft freely. Take this time to visit the various compartments of the aircraft like the nose, bomb bay, navigation/radio, cockpit and waist sections. For safety reasons it is not possible to enter the ball turret or the tail turret. Explore as much as you like and feel free to take pictures and video.
All passengers must be seated and wear a seatbelt for landing, taxi, and engine shutdown.
How long does the flight experience last?
Each flight experience lasts approximately one hour, including briefing, debriefing, and about 24 minutes of actual flight time.
What should I wear or bring?
Wear clothing appropriate to local weather conditions. The aircraft can be drafty at times, so you may consider bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt for the flight. Foam ear plugs are provided if you would like them (the flight can be quite noisy.) Cameras and camcorders are allowed (and encouraged), but please try and keep them as small as possible as space is restricted inside the airplane. Other forms of baggage are generally discouraged.
Do I need to be a pilot or a military veteran?
No – anyone can take a B-17 Flight Experience. You need not be a pilot or military veteran.
I’m a pilot, will I be allowed to handle the controls of the airplane?
You will be allowed into the cockpit section during the flight to observe the pilots, but it is not possible for you to sit at the controls or interfere with the pilots during the flight. This is an FAA regulation.
Do I need to be an EAA Member?
No – it is not required to be an EAA Member to ride in the airplane. However, a $40 discount is given to EAA Members and, as annual membership in EAA costs just $40, it makes sense to join and receive a variety of other benefits – including a one-year subscription to Sport Aviation magazine and free annual admission to the EAA AirVenture Museum.
How many seats are available on each flight?
There are 10 seats available on each flight and these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 6 people are required per flight. If fewer than 6 people are booked, we will try to reschedule the flight that day or another day during the tour. If rescheduling is not possible these flights may be cancelled and a cancellation charge will not be assessed.
Can I book a whole flight?
Yes, it is possible to book a whole flight of 10 seats and we offer a discount to people who wish to book the whole flight – 10 seats for the price of 9.
How accessible is the airplane to people of limited mobility?
Although not designed for passenger operations, the B-17 has successfully flown people of limited mobility – a couple of steps are required to enter the airplane.
What happens if the weather is bad?
If mechanical or weather problems occur at the time of your scheduled flight, alternatives will be discussed with you whether to reschedule the flight for a later time, date or location. Weather and/or mechanical problems may delay or cancel a scheduled flight. Every effort will be made to reschedule these flights.
How do I get the B-17 jacket?
Every B-17 Mission Flight Participant may purchase the special B-17 Flight Jacket for $185, including shipping and handling. The jackets are only available to people who have flown in Aluminum Overcast. Sample jackets, used for sizing, will be in the B-17 support trailer which comes along with the aircraft. Once you have been fitted, your jacket will be sent to you. Please allow approximately 4-6 weeks for delivery. Please note that during July, AirVenture may add several weeks to the shipping process.
How do I get the B-17 to visit my local airport?
The B-17 tour is based around working with local EAA Chapters. We have an annual application procedure for EAA Chapters, which you can learn about by following this link. Other appearance requests will be considered on their merits. Please understand that the B-17 tour is planned well in advance, and we require 9-12 months notice.
What if I have other questions?
If you have further questions, please call 1-800-359-6217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is a waiver of liability required?
Yes, you can view the waivers here: Adult | Minor
Parents are required to sign a waiver for each minor under the age of 18.