Robinson Middle seventh-grader pilots World War II bomber

Rick Wagner • Nov 15, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Robinson Middle School seventh-grader Levi Phillips, who is working on his pilot’s license, recently helped fly a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress from the airport in Morristown to Lawrenceville, Georgia.

As of October 2019, this particular B-17 was one of nine such aircraft still airworthy. Levi sat in the pilot’s seat alongside World War II veterans. Before the flight, his grandfather, Joel Potter, spent some time with Levi and recalled working on a B-17 bomber during his military service in that war. A member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Levi got credit in his log book for the flight time in the B-17. 

The plane is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

“By the time he is old enough to get his pilot’s license (at age 17), this plane will probably be in a museum itself,” said Levi’s mother, Treasure Phillips.