Want to live the dream? Want to fly your own mission in a B-17? Bomber Camp 2015 Announced

The Stockton Field Aviation Museum is happy to announce BOMBER CAMP 2015!

Do you remember watching Twelve O’Clock High or Memphis Belle? Have your ever imagined what it would be like to train for – and fly – your own mission in the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine?” The Stockton Field Aviation Museum in conjunction with the Collings Foundation will be offering a very unique two-day program in which you do just that! No doubt, this is one of the most amazing living history programs you will ever experience! Space is limited.

May 27th and 28th – STOCKTON, CA
Base Location:
Stockton Municipal Airport / Stockton Field Aviation Museum Hangar,Stockton California.
Top Secret Classified Information. Crew will be issued mission and target objectives on completion of crew training.
$3,900 per person. Includes accommodations and food for two nights, materials, ammunition, and support supplies. Trainees must arrange travel to hotel. Transportation to and from training facilities will be arranged. Age restrictions: 16 yrs. and older. 16 yrs. to 18yrs. has to be accompanied by legal adult guardian .

Day One: Pre-Mission Training
* Basic outline of course and goals.
* WWII Heavy Bomber history, theatres of operation and primary missions.
* Identification of crew positions and duties.
* Crewmember orientation to essential equipment.
* Bombardier and turret training.
* Gunnery orientation.
* Target practice.

Day Two: Briefing and Mission Orders are Issued
* Refresher course / Q & A.
* Commanding Officer will brief the crew on the day’s mission.
* Suit up and drive to the aircraft in bomb crew truck.
* Pre flight and further briefing on flight, mission and crew position.
* Load aircraft ordinance and prepare equipment.
* Fly the mission. – Hit the target and get back to base alive!
* Mission de-briefing.

Some details:
The crew will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, Manteca. Crew must be checked in the night of May 26th . The program starts early AM on May 27th. Each crewmember will receive training materials, flight suit, eye and ear protection etc. Live rounds will be used at gunnery range and blanks will be used during the mission. Each crewmember will be issued: 50 rounds / 50 cal. blank, 10 rounds / 50 cal. live, 15 shot gun rounds, shotgun and targets. Additional ammo will be available for purchase at location. Mission flight time will be approximately 1 hour. 250 lb. dummy bombs will be dropped on a target from the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine” (manufactured to original specifications). Crew member performs a task in each position on an approximate 5-10 minute rotation.

Reservations and cancellations:
50% deposit is required on sign up. Deposit is non-refundable unless we have to cancel camp. (Reason for this: We have to purchase supplies and materials in advance). Space is limited. To make reservations for the B-17 Bomber Crew Training Camp or for more information Email;
Ken Terpstra



Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.

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