The B-17 Yankee Lady, also called the Flying Fortress, was a U.S. heavy bomber used during World War II. The B-17 was designed by the Boeing Aircraft Company in response to a 1934 Air Army Corps specification that called for a four-engined bomber at a time when two engines were the norm.
Did you know? In the Pacific, the aircraft earned a deadly reputation with the Japanese, who dubbed them the “four engine fighters.” The Flying Fortress was also legendary for its ability to stay in the air after several damaging attacks.
- Top Speed: 287mph
- Wingspan: 104’0″ Range: 2,000 miles
- Engine Type: Radial Engine
- Number Built: 12,731
The Yankee Air Museum is offering Air Adventures on board the pristine Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady” for $450.00 per person during its appearance at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. The plane will be at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, in Farmingdale. An Air Adventure provides a person with a multi-sensory, immersive experience in the type of World War II aircraft commonly called a Flying Fortress.
Your Air Adventure begins with a briefing and then you take your station. The authenticity of this craft is spellbinding. After taxiing and takeoff, you will have 25 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!”
Yankee Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, therefore a portion of the Air Adventure cost may be tax deductible. Consult your tax professional. A limited number of seats are available. For more information about the B-17 visit to Farmingdale, New York, including Air Adventure information visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org and click on “Book a Flight” or call Megan Dziekan 734-483-4030 ext. 232.
For a 90 second video glimpse into a FLEX Ride aboard our aircraft visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rkfBZgPnQI