Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/MADRAS PIONEER - Pilots taxi in after landing the B-25 bomber at the Madras Municipal Airport last Monday for a week-long stay.The B-25J World War II bomber “Maid in the Shade” flew over the skies of Madras Aug. 18, during a visit by a crew from the nonprofit group the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona.

The B-25 Mitchell was made famous by the Doolittle Raiders on April 18, 1942. Sixteen B-25s took off the deck of the USS Hornet and bombed Tokyo just four months after the Pearl Harbor attack. This massive morale boost for the U.S. helped set the stage for the victories to come.

The B-25 served in both theaters of war in many roles, from bomber to transport. After the war, it continued service, and was best known for its role as a fire bomber.

The Maid in the Shade will be at the Madras Municipal Airport through Aug. 25, with cockpit tours for a $5 donation. Rides are also available to the public at a cost of $395 for the waist gunner area, or $650 for the flight deck area. Proceeds are used to keep the aircraft flying.

For flight reservations, call 480-322-5503, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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