ROCK SPRINGS — The B-17G Flying Fortress bomber Sentimental Journey is sitting at the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport as part of its summer tour. Residents have an opportunity to not only take pictures of the plane, but catch a piece of American history.

“It’s pretty cool,” 10-year-old Meshei Hall of Rock Springs said while pretending to be a waist gunner.

The B-17 is in Rock Springs thanks to the Commemorative Air Force, a nonprofit organization that was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition combat aircraft that were flown by all branches of the military.

CAF Loadmaster Shelby Bolke has been volunteering with the group for 35 years.

“For us, it’s a passion,” Bolke said. “It’s honoring these guys.”

Bolke added that the tour is not just a joy ride, it’s about paying respects to the sacrifices the veterans made.

Residents will be able to tour the plane from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and go up for a ride between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday to Sunday. For more information, go to

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