A B-17 Flying Fortress arrived at 4 pm at the Monterey Jet Center (AKA Million Air) on May 15th. The plane carried several lucky passengers from Santa Barbara to Monterey, never exceeding 140 knots and making a lazy turn from the Pacific approach to catch the wind and land heading to the airport.
The Boeing built B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force , based at many airfields in southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force , based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command 's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France. Only 13 remain air worthy.
Earlier a B-24 flew in as part of a three plane WWII flying troupe.