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B-29 and P-51 to visit the Air Zoo: Flight opportunities available Aug. 7-8

Posted on July 25th, 2012

Kalamazoo, Mich. — The world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, along with a North American P-51 Mustang, are coming to the Air Zoo this summer and you can have a chance to fly in them!

The Air Zoo is offering 30-minute flights in the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 FIFI, along with the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s P-51 The Brat III on Aug. 7 and 8. Flights start at $595 per person.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a heavy bomber that was flown primarily by the U.S. in late World War II and throughout the Korean War. It is best known for carrying out two missions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki that brought WWII to an end.

The North American P-51 Mustang is among the best and most well-known fighters used by the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII. The Mustang served in nearly every combat zone during WWII, and later fought in the Korean War.

Both planes will be on display outside of the Air Zoo’s East Campus on Aug. 6 from 1-5 p.m. and Aug. 7-8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adm­ission to see the planes costs $10 per person or $20 per family (immediate family members only; children must be 17 years old or younger). Kids 12 and younger are free. Cockpit tours are included in admission, but not guaranteed due to the flight schedule.

To reserve a flight on the B-29 or P-51, visit www.RideB29.com or call (432) 413-4100. For more information on the Commemorative Air Force and Cavanaugh Flight Museum, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org or www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com.

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Rd. in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. General admission is $8 per person. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package (Ultimate Ace $15; Junior Flyer $12; Co-Pilot-$8), which includes general admission, or tickets may be purchased individually for rides. Children 4 or younger are free.

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