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Posted on: March 19, 2014

[ARCHIVED] WWII vintage bomber rides available at third annual Aerospace Day

HOT SPRINGS -- The Commemorative Air Force Missouri Wing is now taking reservations for the flight of a lifetime: the opportunity to ride in a fully-restored B-25 “Show Me” Mitchell Bomber and experience a bit of living history during the third annual Aerospace Day on Saturday, April 19 at Hot Springs Memorial Field. Aerospace Day will feature information, demonstrations, displays and representatives from aerospace industries to discuss opportunities with those interested in aerospace careers.

The CAF will bring the B-25, along with the TBM-3 Avenger Torpedo Bomber, for public display during the event. Nicknamed the “Show Me,” the B-25 proved itself in World War II to be a formidable ground attack weapon in addition to its primary mission as bomber, over land or sea. It was made famous by the legendary Doolittle Raid on Tokyo four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

During last year’s Aerospace Day, a record number of “living history” rides took place. Interested individuals are advised to book early, as seating is limited. A fee is charged for the rides, which will also be offered on Friday, April 18 and Sunday morning, April 20.

Headquartered in Midland, Texas, the Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization comprised of more than seventy wings, detachments and units throughout the United States and four foreign countries. Since its founding in 1957, its primary mission has been to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition historic U.S. combat aircraft for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans. Throughout the past six decades, the CAF has obtained more than 150 historic aircraft of which 141 have been restored to flying condition by its all-volunteer members. According to Colonel Bob Moore of the Missouri Wing, “It’s an honor and a privilege to keep these old warbirds flying as a tribute to all veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending this nation,” Moore said.

To reserve a ride, call the CAF at 314-486-1205 or visit the Missouri Wing’s website at .

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