Fly in WWII Aircraft at SRQ


For more information contact:

Tom Maxfield, EAA 180, Cell: 941-993-2507 or [email protected]

Martin Sobel, EAA180, Cell: 941-539-4809

FEBRUARY 5-8, 2015


SARASOTA, FL (January 22, 2015) – In honor of its 50th Anniversary, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 180 of Sarasota is hosting a Round-Engine Aircraft Ride Event (RARE) Thursday, February 5 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Rectrix North, 1234 Clyde Jones Road, at Tallevast Road and 15th Street, E, near the Control Tower at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

EAA-National is providing two fully restored and very unique historic aircraft to the general public. Climb aboard one of the few remaining World War II airworthy B-17 bombers or experience the luxury of the Ford Tri-Motor 5AT, the first commercial airliner built on a scheduled production line in 1929. Either will surely provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Each plane will take flights at the North end of SRQ near the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) control tower, and will offer an exceptional flying experience while viewing the Sarasota/Bradenton shore area from the air. Discover why the B-17 bomber is called the “Flying Fortress” or what luxury air travel was like in 1929 in the Ford Tri-Motor.

Advance individual or group discount tickets may be purchased online by visiting Non-discounted tickets will be sold at the north-end entrance gate during the tour dates. Revenue from the RARE event helps cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid in EAA’s ambition to “keep ‘em flying” for many years to come. Sponsorships of the air tour are still available. Visit and click on the blue “sponsor” menu tab at the left side (bottom) of the home page to get the necessary information and value-added incentives.


Up to two members of your news staff is eligible to experience a complimentary flight in either aircraft on the afternoon of the aircrafts’ arrivals.  Offer is limited based on the flight capacity of each aircraft.  To RSVP, please email the following to Candice Lane at [email protected]:

• Name of media outlet

• Tour location where you will be taking the media flight

• Name(s) of your media representative(s)

• Contact phone number and email address (in the event of a schedule change)

Once your information is received, you will receive an email reservation confirmation and a release form that must be completed by each media representative going on the flight and delivered to the one-site EAA personnel on the day of the media flight.

About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds including flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. Founded in 1953, EAA expanded its mission of growing participation in aviation to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft. To learn more about EAA Chapter 180, visit