WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Sources confirm to KAKE News that the B-17 Flying Fortress that crashed during an airshow in Dallas is the same one that was in Wichita just two months ago. 

The plane was here for a Labor Day event at the B-29 Doc Hangar. 

Many in the aviation industry are mourning the loss of the plane and the people who were killed in Dallas.

“They were so vital to our work in World War II, and then to see us lose one in this fashion, it's sad,” said Ben Sauceda, Executive Director of the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Aviation experts say the B-17 played a major role in World War II. It was one of the bombers that fought on the Europe front in World War II. The warbird bombed strategic targets and helped win the war.

“This holds a special place in the heart of those who have fought for freedom because it worked so hard to make sure freedom was preserved in World War II,” said Sauceda.

The B-17 was built in Seattle and California. Still in existence today, there are 34 B-17s in the U.S. Of these, only six are considered airworthy.

“They actually became one of the most significant aircraft used throughout the entire time in World War II. There were a little over 12,000 produced during that time. And the B-17 is said to drop more bombs during World War II than any other aircraft,” said Sauceda.

Doc's friends released a statement on social media extending their condolences. It says in part:


We are deeply saddened by the air show incident...the air show and warbird industry are a tight-knit family and this tragedy will affect all of us. We have a deep friendship and great relationship with the crew of b-17 Texas Raiders. We stand united with our CAF colleagues."