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Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 12:17 pm | Updated: 2:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

People will get the chance to take flight tours in a B-17 Flying Fortress and participate in other events to honor America's war veterans at the Chandler Municipal Airport this weekend.

SLIDESHOW: B-17 flight to Chandler Air show

People will get the chance to take flight tours in a B-17 Flying Fortress and participate in other events to honor America's war veterans at the Chandler Municipal Airport this weekend.

SLIDESHOW: B-17 flight to Chandler Air show

"Chandler Airport Dazs," hosted by the Chandler Airport Alliance and the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing, will also educate the public about the types of aircraft and businesses that operate at the airport, according to the city's Web site.

"The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum based in Mesa restored the 'Sentimental Journey,' which is one of a handful of Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses still flying in the world," according to the city's Web site.

The aircraft is an advanced trainer, the same type based at many of the Valley's airports during World War II.

This is the third year for the annual event in Chandler, according to John Walkup, the owner and operator of Chandler Air Service.

This year, the company focused on advertising around the airport with posters to get the word out, Walkup said.

"Our main goal is to improve public relations," Walkup said.

The WWII bomber "Sentimental Journey" and a WWII trainer aircraft will also be on display at Chandler Air Service, a flight school at the airport, located at 1675 E. Ryan Road.

That display opened Friday and continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Also at the airport, operators of various aviation-related activities will be available to answer questions about their businesses.

The alliance has arranged for a variety of aircraft to be displayed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Rides in helicopters, biplanes and Super Cubs (small, single-engine planes) also will be available.

B-17 tours cost $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 5.

For more information about the event, call (480) 963-6420.

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