One of World War II’s top military bombers will be available for residents across the South Plains to see next week.

The B-17 bomber “Sentimental Journey” will come to the Silent Wings Museum at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport beginning on Monday, and will help benefit area veterans.

Area residents will have the opportunity to take hour-long rides on the plane, and a portion of the cost will go to benefit the inaugural South Plains Honor Flight.

The South Plains Honor Flight is an all-expenses-paid trip for some U.S. military veterans to see the monuments to their efforts in Washington D.C. on October 2nd through the 4th, particularly those that served during World War II.

Volunteers are working to raise $200,000 for the organization, which is what will be needed to underwrite the event.

“Sentimental Journey” is the most fully-restored B-17 available, out of the five that are still flying. It is based out of the CAF Arizona Wing Aviation Museum at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

The hour-long rides on the plane are $425, and can be reserved by calling 806-681-3596. "Sentimental Journey" will be in the Hub City through Thursday, September 27th.

The South Plains Honor Flight is affiliated with America Supports You Texas, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, which promotes awareness and support for U.S. military members and veterans.

You can find more information about the South Plains Honor Flight and the organization at