MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of only eight WWII B-17 bombers still flying arrived at the Muskegon County Airport Monday morning. The plane will be on display and available for rides and tours at the airport until Thursday.
The B-17 was the primary bomber used to defeat Nazi troops in Germany. During the war, thousands were shot down which made flying a B-17 in the war extremely dangerous.
"Early in the war it was not uncommon to have 200 planes go out and 50 would be lost. When that happened you would lose a crew of 10, 40, or 50 planes and that is 400 to 500 men a day," said B-17 crew member Jim Swanke.
After the war, most surviving planes were scrapped for aluminum making B-17s rare.
Eight passengers at a time can fly in the bomber. Tickets start at $425 a seat but ground tours are $5 and it's free to just look at the plane.