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B-17 to visit Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru

The Boeing B-17G "Yankee Lady" will be at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport on Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided tours and air adventure rides are available.
The Boeing B-17G "Yankee Lady" will be at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport on Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided tours and air adventure rides are available.

The Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady” will be at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport on Saturday and Sunday.

The plane will arrive about noon Saturday.

Self-guided tours will be offered for $8 for those age 15 and older, $3 for children ages 6-15 and free for those under 6.

Air adventure rides on the B-17 are available at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, as well as 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Sunday.

The 30-minute ride costs $475. To book a ride, visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org and click “fly with us.”

Additional rides may be added if there is demand.

The “Yankee Lady” joined the U.S. Army Air Force on July 16, 1945, shortly after victory in Europe was declared. The “Yankee Lady” is one of only 10 airworthy B-17s in existence. None of the 10 saw combat.

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