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History lands at Mid-Michigan airport

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Courtesy: Gladwin Zettel Memorial Airport Courtesy: Gladwin Zettel Memorial Airport
GLADWIN, MI (WNEM) -

More than 70 years since it last saw action in battle an historic American aircraft will fly into Gladwin's Zettel Memorial Airport. Commonly referred to as a 'Flying Fortress', this very rare B-17G bomber labeled 'Yankee Lady' is open to visits June 11-12. You'll also be able to climb aboard for a ride into the wild blue yonder!

Based at the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, MI the vintage Boeing aircraft arrives at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the airport located at 735 South State Street.

In a release, organizers say the 'Yankee Lady', a four-engine propeller bomber was heavily used in daylight strategic bombing in World Ward II. It's size and range allowed planes like these to fly high and deep into enemy territory striking high value targets such as munitions factories, oil refineries and military bases.

B-17's, according to historians, dropped more bombs in the 1940's era conflict than any other aircraft. More than 12,700 were built between 1936-1945. Now, it's believed only 10 such bombers are still flying today.

Self-guided tours aboard the 'Yankee Lady' are $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children aged 6 to 15, and all others are free. A 30 minute flight in the B-17 will cost $450.00 per person and reservations are required. Call (734) 483-4030, ext. 236 to book flights in advance.

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