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Locals take off with World War II B-17 Bomber

One of the last flying B-17 bombers from World War II takes off July 22 at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. Co-piloted by Sycamore resident Fred DeWitt, this airplane was built in 1944 and was used on many missions throughout World War II.

Kelly Bauer

July 23, 2013

It’s your turn to be mistaken for the man of steel (or a bird), DeKalbians.Locals will be able to take off in a World War II B-17 bomber alongside pilot Jim Kimmel and his co-pilot for the area, Fred DeWitt, of Sycamore, until Sunday. Kimmel and the crew tour the Midwest with the bomber, flying, giving ...

DeKalb has no plans to relocate Corn Fest

Brian Belford

July 25, 2011

DeKalb | The DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, 3232 Pleasant St., is a good venue for the annual summer music festival Corn Fest in terms of safety and space for its many attractions. "Since [Corn Fest has] been at the airport, both crimes and incidents have gone down," said Lisa Angel, publicity directo...

Flying high above DeKalb: A first-hand account of a ride in a B-17 bomber

Visitors at the DeKalb Cornfest inspect a B-17 aircraft brought to the fest by the Arizona branch of the Commemorative Air Force Saturday Aug. 21 at the DeKalb Municipal Airport.

Dan Martynowicz

August 24, 2010

As a child, one of my favorite games to play was running around the house with my model B-17 bomber, pretending to be the lead bomber over Nazi-occupied France. On Aug. 16, I was given the opportunity to fly in a B-17 over DeKalb and Northern Illinois University's campus courtesy of Shaw Suburban Media,...