Bomber Camp 2015 Announced

Participants in Bomber Camp will be learning and flying aboard the Collings Foundation's B-17G 'Nine-o-Nine'. (Photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

Participants in Bomber Camp will be learning and flying aboard the Collings Foundation's B-17G 'Nine-o-Nine'. (Photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)
Participants in Bomber Camp will be learning and flying aboard the Collings Foundation’s B-17G ‘Nine-o-Nine’. (Photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

Press Release:

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

Do you remember watching the movies Twelve O’Clock High or Memphis Belle? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to train for – and fly on – your own mission in the legendary B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-0-Nine”? The Stockton Field Aviation Museum, in conjunction with the Collings Foundation, will be offering a 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.

When: May 27th and 28th
Base Location: Stockton Municipal Airport / Stockton Field Aviation Museum Hangar, Stockton, California.
Target: Top Secret Classified Information. Crew will be issued mission and target objectives on completion of crew training.
Cost: $3,900 per person (Price 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.
* Crew member 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.

Further details:
The crew will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Manteca, California. Crew must check in on the night of May 26th. The program starts in the early morning on May 27th. Each crewmember will receive training materials, flight suit, eye and ear protection etc. Live rounds will be used at the 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, manufactured to original specifications, will be dropped on a target from the B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine”. Crew members will perform a task in each position on an approximately 5-10 minute rotation.

Reservations and Cancellations:
A 50% deposit is required upon sign up. Because we have to purchase supplies and materials in advance, the deposit is non-refundable, unless we have to cancel camp. Space is limited. To make reservations for the B-17 Bomber Crew Training Camp or for more information please e-mail Ken Terpstra at



  1. Robert… you might want to contact the Bomber Camp directly… We at WarbirdsNews just reported the story, and have no affiliation with the organizers.

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