The passengers had a passion for history and relished the opportunity to fly aboard a World War II B-17G bomber.
Chief Master Sgt. James Traficante opened the hatch door, creating a passage to safety for other passengers of the flight.
Authorities said there was a crew of three and 10 passengers aboard the B-17 at the time of the crash.
The B-52 bomber will not be short-changed by the latest spending bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday.
The U.S. is the only allied country that still flies bombers.
The Air Force has just proved that the B-1B Lancer bomber can be modified to hold more ordnance.
American and Canadian jets intercepted a pair of Russian Tu-95s in international airspace off the coast of Alaska.
U.S. F-22 Raptors intercepted four Russian bombers and a pair of Su-35 Flanker-E fighter aircraft off the coast of Alaska.
Despite high demand, there are only a handful of B-1B Lancer bombers available to take off at a moment's notice.
All three U.S. stealth aircraft will reportedly fly during this year's "Salute to America" July 4th event in Washington, D.C.