Requests have been made for a fly-by of F-16 Falcons for the opening ceremony. While the honor guard is raising the American and POW/MIA flags, parachuters will be jumping with POW*MIA flags.
Opening ceremony will be at 8:30AM Saturday, September 16th with color/honor guard, Military Chaplin and “Taps”.
The Yankee Air Force, www.yankeeairmuseum.org, Belleville, Michigan, is home to “Yankee Lady”, a World
War Two Boeing bomber, a.k.a. The Flying Fortress. The B-17 is a four engine heavy bomber. It dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft during WWII, 640,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped by B-17s. As of May 2015, ten B-17s are airworthy. The number built is approximately 12,731 produced from 1936 to 1945 and cost approximately $ 238,329.00 per plane.
The “Yankee Lady” has been restored to pristine, award winning specifications and will be offering rides to the public. Passengers will experience thirty exhilarating minutes of flight and be able to move about the “Flying Fortress” to crew positions in the Plexiglass nose, flight deck, bomb bay, radio room and waist gunnery station.
Flights are $450.00 per passenger. You may say thatʼs a lot but realize the cost to maintain this historical aircraft and the experience of knowing what our brave servicemen experienced. It is anticipated these public flights will sell quickly so we suggest people to book their flight as soon as possible via the wingswheelsmarion.org website of directly through the yankeeairmuseum.org website.
Pete Keelan, Ft. Wayne Indiana – 1955 T-28 North American Aviation Trojan, multiple
Oshkosh winner – transitional aircraft from piston to jet power
Robert Barr, Logansport, Indiana – 1955 Beech T-34 Mentor
Andy Gordon, Van Wert, Ohio, Busy Bee Helicopter, similar to the
helicopters seen in M*A*S*H
Wings & Wheels promotes the EAAʼs “Young Eagles” program by giving first time flight to kids ages 8 to
17, this depends on the number of volunteer pilots.
R/C, “drone” demonstrations and flight simulators – Marion AirFoils RC Flight Club
The fly-in is also has a cruise-in for the local dialysis organization (Saturday).
Sail plane rides, depending on volunteers – Central Ohio Soaring Association
IN THE WORKS:
Requests have been made for:
WCMH Channel 4 – Helicopter & Mobile Weather Lab & Bob Nunnally.
WSYX Channel 6 – Helicopter.
Ohio National Guard Super Black Hawk Helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin Helicopter.