PORTAGE, MI — A mechanical failure has put a visit to Kalamazoo County from a historic World War II era bomber on hold until 2021.
The Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady” had been scheduled to visit Portage’s Air Zoo — the Kalamazoo area’s own Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum — on Oct. 3.
The museum announced Thursday that visit is off.
“While this is an unfortunate turn of events, we all place the safety of the crew and passengers first on the list of priorities. We will look forward to rescheduling their visit in 2021,” a statement from the museum said.
The Yankee Lady is the same type of aircraft, commonly called a Flying Fortress, that helped end World War II by crippling the Axis powers’ ability to wage war, according to information provided by the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville.
This particular B-17 joined the U.S. Army Air Forces on July 16, 1945, shortly after victory in Europe was declared. Like the other nine airworthy B-17s in existence still today, the Yankee Lady did not see any combat action.
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