The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is proud to announce a special group of women who are flying in from Yankee Air Museum (YAM) to celebrate Rosie the Riveter Day on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
The Tribute Rosies will fly into Burke Lakefront Airport around 9 a.m. in the YAM’s WWII war bird, the Yankee Doodle Dandy, a C-47 Skytrain. The mission of the Tribute Rosies is to bring awareness to the legacy created by the B-24 bomber plant located at historic Willow Run Airport located in Ypsilanti, Mich. and honor the role women played during WWII. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the C-47.
“We are honored to collaborate with the Yankee Air Museum and the Tribute Rosies to host such a unique event for the city of Cleveland,” said Heather Alexander, Executive Director of IWASM. “Rosie isn’t just a face on a poster. She represents the working women during WWII who took up the challenge providing labor required to turn raw materials into the Arsenal of Democracy. These contributions led to the modern workforce. We celebrate the spirit of Rosie in all women.”
YAM is excited to take part in the celebration. “I am excited to come to Cleveland on our tour,” exclaimed Alison Beatty, Tribute Rosie Chair. “We believe that the International Women’s Air & Space Museum represents a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Tribute Rosies and reinforce the contributions women make to the modern workforce. These pioneering women in manufacturing were known collectively as ‘Rosie the Riveter’, and celebrated for their patriotism.”
The community is invited to come watch the landing of the C-47 and the arrival of the Tribute Rosies. Those in attendance can also take an Air Adventure with the Yankee Doodle Dandy. Rides will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and last around 30 minutes, including instructions. For more information on how to book a ride, visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org and click on the “Book a Flight” tab. Although walk-up purchases are welcome, advanced reservations are recommended. Full payment of $195 is due at the time of reservation. For more information about flights, call 734-483-4030.
In between flights, guests can walk through a self-guided tour the C-47. This self-guided tour costs $6 for adults and $3 for children under 15.
At noon, the U.S.S. Cod Submarine Memorial, located next to Burke Lakefront Airport, will host a Rosie look-a-like contest for all ages. Various prizes will be awarded. At 2 p.m., there will be a reenactment of the U.S.S. Cod’s WWII rescue of 55 crewmen from the Dutch submarine, O19, when it grounded on a reef in enemy waters, in honor of Dutch Friendship Day. Admission for the U.S.S. Cod will be free starting at 11 a.m.
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in North Coast Harbor in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport at 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Cleveland, Ohio. It is only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center. The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. In 1986 the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to the City of Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. For additional information please visit www.iwasm.org.