Tour or Take a Flight in a WW2 B-25 Bomber Next Week

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The B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade” is coming to Kingston from July 30 until August 5.

A part of the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum collection, “Maid in the Shade” is one of seven historical military planes traveling to cities across North America on The Flying Legends of Victory tour.

“Maid in the Shade” is one of thirty-four B-25Js that remains flying out of almost 10,000 manufactured. It flew 13 combat missions over Italy and 2 over Yugoslavia.

According to its website: “The B-25J, built in early 1944 and named in honor of General Billy Mitchell who is recognized as the father of strategic bombing, was used mainly as a low altitude strafe and skip bomber, and was used in America’s first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines. The B-25J is most remembered for the Doolittle Raid on Japan where Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25s across Japan bombing targets.”


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Kingston airport

Public tours will be held at the Kingston ‘Norman Rogers’ Airport (1114 Len Birchall Way) on Monday, July 30 and the following Friday to Sunday from 2pm–6pm, as well as Tuesday, July 31 through to Thursday between 9am and 6pm. Tour fees are $10 per person and $20 for a family of four.

You can also take a ride on “Maid in the Shade” from 10am to 1pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug 3-5).

Seats on the ride are $325 per waist gunner compartment seat or $650 for flight deck jump seat with flights limited to seven passengers per flight.

Ride reservations are required and can be made at the Kingston Tour Stop page.


Photos – Top: azcaf.org | Airport: David Megginson (cc)