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September 19, 2013

B-25 coming to Enid

ENID, Okla. — A B-25 Mitchell World War II-era bomber will be on display beginning Monday at Enid Woodring Regional Airport.

The B-25J “Maid in the Shade” will be at Woodring from about noon Monday through Sept. 29.

The historic airplane, which is owned by the Arizona wing of the Commemorative Air Force, will be available for the public to tour, as well as for paid flights.

There is no charge for touring the aircraft, and members of the crew will be on hand to answer questions about Maid in the Shade. Ground tours are available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Flights cost $395 for a ride in the waist gunner position, and $650 for the flight deck.

The flights involve about a 45-minute experience, including 25-30 minutes of flight time.

Flights are scheduled for Sept. 27-29.

Call (480) 322-5503 to reserve a spot or email b25rc@azcaf.org.

Maid in the Shade was manufactured at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force on June 9, 1944.

On July 7, 1944, it was flown to Africa, where it was delivered to the 3rd Air Facility Depot.

Later that fall,  it was picked up by the 319th Bomb Group, 437th Squadron at Serraggia Airbase, Corsica.

There it was assigned Battle Number 18.

The plane then proceeded to fly 15 combat missions over Italy between Nov. 4 and Dec. 31, 1944. The majority of the targets were railroad bridges.

After its wartime experience, the plane was used as a commercial bug sprayer.

It was donated to the CAF in 1981. Restoration of the plane was not completed until 2007.

The twin-engine B-25 Mitchell was named after Gen. Billy Mitchell, and is best known as the aircraft used in the historic “30 seconds over Tokyo” raid in 1942.

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