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Fly the Fortress at the Air Zoo!

Texas Raiders

Fly the Fortress

Hosted by CAF Gulf Coast Wing's B-17 Texas Raiders, Commemorative Air Force, and the Air Zoo

At the end of July 1945 the shiny new airframe that became the famous WWII Flying Fortress Texas Raiders rolled off the assembly line in Long Beach, California. The ensuing seventy years have seen the big bomber proudly serve her country in the military, in civilian aviation, and now as a flying museum for the Commemorative Air Force. Freshly painted in the colors of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in WWII and displaying fresh new nose art, Texas Raiders will visit the Air Zoo via the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport August 20-23.

The United States built over 12,700 B-17's and fewer than a dozen still fly today. CAF B-17 Texas Raiders was the first Flying Fortress to be restored solely for the purpose of education and use as a flying museum and is one of the most accurately restored B-17's, bristling with machine guns and featuring period-specific equipment.

It's a classic barnstorming visit to Kalamazoo! The public is invited to enjoy an onboard tour with the aircraft crew, or take the ultimate Living History Flight Experience and see Kalamazoo from the sky! Join us at Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum, East Campus, 3101 E Milham Ave, via the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. Tours of the aircraft are $10 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family of up to five members. Flights on the Flying Fortress start at $475.

Tours start at 1 PM Monday and 10:00 AM Tuesday through Thursday and run through 5:00 PM each day. Those who wish to fly on Texas Raiders can call 1-855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217) or reserve online HERE.

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