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Ford Tri-Motor, B-25 and B-17 return to the Air Zoo

Summer flight opportunities available

May 31, 2012

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Have you ever wanted to fly in a historic 83-year-old airliner or soar in a World War II bomber? Now is your chance! This summer, the Air Zoo is offering flight opportunities in a Ford Tri-Motor, North American B-25 Mitchell and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.

Guests can take flight in these aircraft with an array of flight opportunities including:

Ford Tri-Motor
June 7-13
July 9-15
Aug. 16-18
$80 per person

The Ford Tri-Motor was the world's first mass-produced airliner. Between 1925 and 1933, the Ford Motor Co. built 199 Tri-Motors. Today, only about 12 Tri-Motors remain. The Tri-Motor flight experience will last about 15 minutes and will take place at the Air Zoo's East Campus.

North American B-25 Mitchell
June 28
$400 per person

The North American B-25 Mitchell was one of the most versatile and widely-used aircraft during WWII. As a medium bomber, it was often used for treetop raids in the Pacific. Its most famous role was in Gen. Doolittle's 1942 raid on Tokyo. The Yankee Air Museum's B-25 Yankee Warrior will offer a select number of 30-minute flights at the Air Zoo's East Campus.

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Aug. 11
$425 per person

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was one of the most important bombers in history. B-17s fought in every theater of WWII, but are best remembered for their dangerous daylight bombing missions over Germany. The Yankee Air Museum's B-17G Yankee Lady is one of 12,731 Flying Fortresses built between July 28, 1935 and April 13, 1945. The Yankee Lady will take a limited number of 30-minute flights throughout the day.

For more information on these flights or to register for one, call 269.350.2815.

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Rd. in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. General admission is $8 per person. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package (Ultimate Ace-$15, Junior Flyer-$12, Co-Pilot-$8), which includes general admission, or tickets can be purchased individually for rides. Children who are 4 years old or younger are free.

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