Ride The Yankee Air Museum B-25 On National Aviation Day

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BELLEVILLE, MICH. (August 15, 2023) – Adventure awaits Kalamazoo-area residents desiring a visceral experience on a historic aircraft this Saturday, August 19th at the Air Zoo located on 6151 Portage Road in Portage, MI just south of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport. Encounter the power, nimbleness and iconic sound of radial engines of the World War II battle-tested B-25 Rosie’s Reply. August 19th is also National Aviation Day, a holiday established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to commemorate the birthday of Orville Wright and to encourage citizens to participate in activities that promote aviation. What better way to celebrate aviation than to fly on a 1943-built bomber that flew missions in Sicily during World War II.

Take a ride into yesteryear on the Rosie’s Reply; the B-25D-35 is the only flying model of that aircraft today and is one of very few aircraft that experienced combat during WWII. Public rides on the B-25 are available at 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The ride is a 20-minute experience and costs $475.00 per person for one of four rear-compartment seats, which also gives access to the turret and tail section. Two flight deck and nose seats are also available for $575. To reserve your seat, go to https://yankeeairmuseum.org/fly/#b25.

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