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B-25 “Maid in the Shade” Arriving in Fort Wayne, IN for “Flying Legends of Victory Tour”

B-25 “Maid in the Shade” Arriving in Fort Wayne, IN for “Flying Legends of Victory Tour”

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum brings a rare chance to tour and ride in an iconic warbird

Mesa, Arizona – (May 29, 2018) – One of the most iconic airplanes from World War II, B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade,” will make a stop in Fort Wayne, IN at Fort Wayne Aero Center (4401 Altitude Dr., Fort Wayne, IN  46809) July 2 – 8, 2018 as part of its Summer Flying Legends of Victory Tour across the U.S. and Canada.

The tour, made possible by the volunteers of the non-profit 501(c)3 Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, features three restored WWII combat aircraft: C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend “Old Number 30;” B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey;” and B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade.” These warbirds and their crews will follow separate routes across the U.S. and Canada and visit approximately 50 cities from May through October 2018 to fulfill their mission of educating all generations about the role of aviation in combat.

The public will have the opportunity to climb aboard the B-25 Bomber to soak in the breathtaking stories of courage and service by Americans during one of the most important periods in U.S. history. The B-25 is an exceptionally rare aircraft, as it’s one of 34 in the world that is still flying. The aircraft was used in America’s first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines. The public can book a ride in advance using the link below under “pricing.”

Information about the Fort Wayne, IN B-25 tour stop is as follows:

Dates and times:

  • Tours:  Monday, Friday – Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm; Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Rides: Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 1 pm.
     

Pricing:

  • Tours cost $10 USD per person and $20 USD for a family of four (US and in Canada).
  • Seats are $325 USD per waist gunner compartment seat or $650 USD for flight deck jump seat and are limited to seven passengers per flight.

Resources:
Photos/B-25 Fact Sheet can be found on our website: https://www.azcaf.org/media-relations/

A complete Flying Legends of Victory tour schedule is available at www.FlyingLegendsTour.com.

Video of both B-25 and B-17: Video
 

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About the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) – Mesa, Arizona
AZCAF was founded in 1977 and is the 10th chapter of the Commemorative Air Force.  It’s comprised of 500 member volunteers and seven flyable warbirds that offer Living History rides. The fully-restored and rare B-17 and B-25 Bombers and C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend conduct the Flying Legends of Victory Summer tour and visit approximately 50 cities throughout the United States and Canada.  The AZCAF has 55,000 square feet of historical airplanes, relics, and educational exhibits, in addition to a working mechanics hangar.  A Trip-Advisor Winner of Excellence, it’s one of the top-rated adventure attractions in Phoenix and regularly conducts tours for schools, businesses, and youth groups.  www.azcaf.org

About the B-25 Bomber
Built in 1944, the B-25 “Maid in the Shade” was developed by North American Aviation and used mainly as a low altitude strafe and skip bomber. Nearly 10,000 B-25s were produced and the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade” is one of 34 still flying today. The aircraft was used in America’s first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines and sunk eight ships and shot down five planes. The B-25 is most remembered for the Doolittle Raid on Japan where Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25s across Japan bombing targets. This aircraft has flown 15 combat missions from November 1 through December 31, 1944 including 13 over Italy and two over Yugoslavia.

About the Commemorative Air Force; Dallas, TX Headquarters
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in airplanes during wartime. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining these warbirds in flying condition and taking them to people to experience the sights and sounds of these treasured beauties in flight.

Collecting, restoring, and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition, and remembrance. A non-profit educational organization, the CAF has more than 13,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation.  There are also four international affiliates in France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. In 2018, FWA served 757,519 passengers –the ninth year of consecutive growth. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit www.FWAirport.com.

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