- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The World War II bomber Yankee Lady will be stopping at a central Ohio airport in a tour celebrating the 70th anniversary of the war’s end.

The B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft from the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan, will be at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus July 17 and 18. The public can pay for flights on the bomber or self-guided tours.

A museum official says in a release that the bomber is kept in top flight condition to honor World War II veterans.

Flying Fortresses flew bombing missions over Europe from 1942 to 1945, destroying enemy munitions factories, bases and oil refineries. More than 5,000 of the bombers were shot down.

Museum officials say Yankee Lady is one of only nine B-17 Flying Fortresses still flying.

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