B-17 The Flying Fortress
The unmistakable roar forces your eyes skyward as thunder resonates from the four radial engines of the distant plane. As you track the approaching aircraft the sun glints off polished aluminum skin and you know you’ve encountered something special in rarefied air. You recognize the plane as the mighty Flying Fortress which along with its escorts became the symbols of World War II air supremacy. This is Yankee Lady, the pristine B-17, painstakingly restored to award winning specifications. This is one of the very few heavy bombers of its type still flying and on which you can have a living history flight experience.
Your flight experience begins with a briefing and then you take your station. The authenticity of this craft is spellbinding. After taxiing and takeoff, you will have 30 minutes in the air. Upon reaching a cruising speed of 150mph at an altitude of 1200 feet you are able to move to other positions in the Fort, including the Plexiglas nose, flight deck, bomb bay, radio room and waist gunnery section.
As your mission ends you’ll better know the courage of the sky men who flew vast armadas of these majestic aircraft, who commanded the clouds and rode on thunder, and you too will step off exclaiming “that was amazing!”
The Yankee Air Museum will offer living history flight experiences on board the pristine Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady” for $450.00 per person during its appearance at the Wings Over Northern Michigan Air Show. These rides provide a person with a multi-sensory, immersive experience in the type of World War II aircraft commonly called a Flying Fortress. Once the plane reaches level flight, people can move around and at a comfortable 1000 foot altitude traveling at 150 mph the view and photo opportunities are outstanding. Yankee Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information about YAM call 734-483-4030 ext. 236