C-47 Hairless Joe To Offer Last Rides of The Summer

The Yankee Air Museum's C-47 Skytrain pictured here will attend the Wings of the North Air Expo over the weekend of July 23/24th, 2022 along with the museum's B-17G. Rides will be available on both aircraft. (photo by Threshold Images via Yankee Air Museum)


BELLEVILLE, MICH. (August 9, 2022) – Celebrate the wonderful world of aviation by taking a ride in a WWII airplane, the C-47 Hairless Joe on August 20th at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, OH. The impressive C-47 Skytrain operated from every continent in the world during WWII.

The Yankee Air Museum’s C-47D “Hairless Joe”. (photo by A.Kevin Grantham)

On August 21st aviation enthusiasts  will have one last chance this summer to take a ride in the WWII airplane, Hairless Joe,  at Hangar 1 at the Willow Run Airport.

The C-47, Hairless Joe, is owned and operated by the Yankee Air Museum and was one of the most vital pieces of military equipment in winning the war according to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The C-47 Skytrain was developed from the Douglas DC-3 civilian airliner.  One of the most mass-produced aircraft in history with 11,000 manufactured before and during WWII, there are still 172 aircraft flying today. Also known as the gooney bird, the C-47 was built to last.


For thrill-seekers desiring a once-in-a-lifetime experience, public rides on the C-47 are available on August 20th at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. The ride is a 20-minute experience and costs $225.00 per person. Order now at https://yankeeairmuseum.org/fly/#c47 or take a chance and walk up the day of the flight at the Liberty Aviation Museum located at 3515 East State Road, Port Clinton, OH.

About Liberty Aviation Museum: Established in 1991, the Liberty Aviation Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. The Liberty Aviation Museum’s mission is to provide an adequate organization for historians, aircraft and vehicle preservationists, and collectors interested in encouraging internationally the acquisition, restoration, operation, preservation, public education, and display of historic aircraft, vehicles, and related items. Visit www.libertyaviationmuseum.org for more information.

About Yankee Air Museum:  Established in 1981 the Yankee Air Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industry and its associated while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments. Yankee Air Museum, located at 47884 D Street, Belleville, Michigan on the grounds of historic Willow Run Airport. Visit  www.yankeeairmuseum.org to discover more or call 734-483-4030.


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