The Boeing B-17G, Yankee Lady, will visit the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center in Portage on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The plane and crew will be arriving around 10am and plan to offer Air Adventure rides to those interested in booking a seat for flights scheduled that day.
“The weather looks perfect for our last Yankee Air Museum visit of the year” states Air Zoo’s Director of Marketing, Nikki Statler. “In August, we had a nice turn out of excited spectators to welcome Yankee’s C-47 and its crew, we anticipate the same for this weekend! Yankee will be selling rides and tours of this iconic, WWII heavy bomber – it will be a great day to visit the Air Zoo.”
Yankee Lady is the same type of legendary aircraft, commonly called a “Flying Fortress,” which helped end World War II by crippling the enemies’ ability to wage war. This particular B-17 joined the United States Army Air Forces on July 16, 1945, shortly after Victory in Europe was declared. Yankee Lady is one of only ten airworthy B-17s in existence and none of these ever saw combat.
Self-guided ground tours cost $8.00 for adults aged 15 and above; $3.00 for kids aged 6 to 15 and all others are free. Air Adventure rides on the B-17 are available at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. An Air Adventure ride is a 30-minute experience and costs $475.00. To order a B-17 Air Adventure visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org
The Air Zoo, and Yankee Air Museum have been working hard to make sure your visit is safe. Please check both organizations’ websites for COVID safety measures, policies and procedures.
About Yankee Air Museum: Established in 1981 the Yankee Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industry and its associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments. Yankee Air Museum, located at 47884 D Street, Belleville, Michigan on the grounds of historic Willow Run Airport. Visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org
About the Air Zoo
Located at 6151 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002, the Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science experience with over 100 rare air & space craft, inspiring interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, hands-on science-based education programs, and more. The Air Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is open 360+ days per year. For hours, tickets and info, visit airzoo.org.