Historic Aircraft To Visit Sweetwater County

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ROCK SPRINGS ─ A piece of World War II history will pay a visit to Sweetwater County July 5 – 11th. The Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona is flying its B-25J bomber, “Maid in the Shade,” to the Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport as part of its summer tour.

This amazing opportunity to step-back-in-time and remember the Heroes of WWII and the aircraft in which they used is made possible by the following sponsors: Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, J.R. Simplot Company, RSNB Bank, Overland West (Hertz), the Rock Springs Holiday Inn & Suites, and the AvFuel Corporation.

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Visitors will be able to tour the aircraft, “breathe in the history” and talk with volunteers from the nonprofit organization about the plane.

The CAF will also be offering rides in what some say is a “Ride of a lifetime.” No matter where you sit, the views are great. As you feel the 1700hp kick in on takeoff, you will get a taste of what our veterans did flying aircraft like the B-25 in combat and the sacrifices they made for the freedom we enjoy today.

The WWII bomber is maintained and operated as a flying museum and memorial by the all-volunteer, non-profit Commemorative Air Force. The B-25 bomber, “Maid in the Shade,” is a veteran with 15 combat missions flying out of Corsica during the war. The restoration to bring the aircraft back to flying condition took 28 years and was completed in May 2009.

This will be a great opportunity for airplane enthusiasts, history buffs and children to see the famous aircraft.

The B-25J will arrive July 5 in the afternoon and be open for tours Wednesday, July 6 through Sunday, July 10. Living history flights are being scheduled for Friday, July 8, Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10. This once-in-a-lifetime experience in meticulously restored and maintained warbirds will thrill those on the ground as they enviously watch passengers brief-and-board, and roar overhead in tribute to every service man and woman in the U.S.A. past and present.

For more Information:

About the events and to reserve flights contact 480-322-5503 or b25rc@azcaf.org. Rides are being scheduled now.

Tours: Donations requested. We’re a non-profit 501(c)3 organizations. All proceeds go to the acquisition, restoration, and preservation of heroic aircraft and remembrance.

Living History Flights: B-25 Flight Deck area $650 each (seats 3), Waist Gunner area $395 (seats 4).