Holy control tower! The bona fide Batman ’66 Batcopter is on its summer tour!
Of all the cool things I’ve gotten to do in my charmed Batlife, riding in the original Batcopter from the 1966 movie and TV show has been among the coolest.
Well, here’s your chance to get your Batkicks in the air if you happen to be living or vacationing in the Midwest or Northeast this summer.
The Batcopter — serial no. N3079G — is owned and operated by the affable Nock family, led by the husband-and-wife Dynamic Duo of Capt. Eugene Nock and Jessica Nock.
They’ve just landed at the State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., just across the Hudson River from the real Gotham — New York City. They’ll be offering rides for fans between now and July 10 — the end of the fair. The only exception is Sunday, June 26, when the fair is dark because of an international soccer tournament at MetLife Stadium.
Rides cost $50 per person per ride, and they also sell t-shirts to commemorate the Batcopter.
Can’t make it? That’s cool. The Batcopter will be back at Cliff Galbraith’s Monsters and Robots show in Somerset N.J. 8/27 and 8/28. It won’t be flying but you’ll be able to get up close and personal with Batman’s greatest flying machine. (Click here for info.)
Meanwhile, as the narrator might say, the Batcopter will also be soaring across the Midwest all summer. Check each show for details:
Rotors ‘n Ribs Fly-In, Goshen, Ind.: July 15-16 (Flying. Rides available.)
Cleveland National Air Show: Sept. 3-5 (Flying. No rides.)
Cincinnati Comic Expo: Sept. 23-25 (Not flying.)
Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, outside Detroit: Aug. 20-21 (Flying. Rides available.)
For more info on the Batcopter itself, click here!