B-17 Flying Fortress takes off in Muskegon


Only eight of the 12,731 B-17 Flying Fortresses produced remain in flying condition. Photo via fb.com

The Muskegon County Airport is offering visitors the opportunity through Thursday to tour and even fly in a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress airplane.

The B-17 Flying Fortress was produced during WWII and was used on attacks against Berlin and other German cities. The plane received its name because it was equipped with 13 machine guns. During the war, 12,731 of these planes were produced and today 50 of them remain, with only eight of them still in flying condition.

The B-17 on display in Muskegon this week was one of the few that was restored to flying condition and was originally built in California.

Up to eight people can fly together aboard the Flying Fortress. Tickets cost $850 per person for the two nose seats and $425 per person for the other six rear seats. Flights will last approximately 40 minutes. For $5 visitors can tour the plane’s cockpit.

Flights can be scheduled by calling (602) 448-9415.

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