Monday, September 27, 2021

The World War II bomber was used for firefighting in Chico in the 1960s and ’70s.

Chico একটি one of only two such, the B-1 aircraft flying from Chico Airport this week has seen the world at war and has been battling fire for nearly two decades.

The aircraft was purchased by Aero Union after World War II, an aircraft operations maintenance company that operated outside Chico Airport from 1ico1 to 2011. For the organization which is now known as Cal Fire.

The aircraft was purchased by the Arizona branch of the Memorial Air Force in 1974 and returned to the original configuration of World War II.

The World War II B-1 bomber known as the Flying Castle, now called the Sentimental Journey, was shown on the right at Chico Airport in 1974. (Dino Corbin / Contribution)

The Memorial Air Force is a private non-profit organization that aims to preserve aircraft from all World War II countries from 1938 to 1945, including the United States, Japan, England and Germany. The organization’s goal is to preserve the planning objectives for educational purposes by traveling across the United States so that people can experience, learn, and remember what role these aircraft played in defending America.

Dino Corbin, general manager of Deer Creek Broadcasting and Digital Interactive LLC, visited the United States from 1985-1990 and worked as a flight engineer on Sentimental Journey as part of the Memorial Air Force. Corbyn said there are currently two specific models of B-17 fighter jets left that are coming to Chico. Companies like the Memorial Air Force to preserve history were sold separately as scrap metal to many before they started buying them.

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Sentimental Journey is located in Mesa, Arizona. Another B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber named Texas Rider is located in the Texas unit of the Air Force Memorial. The Texas Rider travels the central and east coasts of the United States and the Sentimental Journey travels the western and midwestern United States. Corbin said Chico last had a sentimental journey about four years ago.

“It’s like my baby coming home,” Corbin said of the plane coming to Chico every time.

The Memorial Air Force is managed by all volunteers in its 87 different units across the United States. A complete list of aircraft owned by the Memorial Air Force can be found at

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Sentimental Journey will be available for visitors from Sunday morning to evening. Admission to the Air Museum is free, and in-flight trips are available for ড 10 per person or 20 20 per family. The museum is located at 165 Ryan Avenue in Chico.

The World War II bomber was used for firefighting in Chico in the 1960s and '70s.
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