A proud old war-bird will be flying in the skies of Texoma this week, and you can get a close-up look at her and even buckle in and take a ride.
The B-25 named “Maid in the Shade” is restored to its former glory after it flew bombing missions over Europe in World War II.
Of the 10,000 B-25s built for the war, “Maid in the Shade” is one of about 30 that can still fly.
The Arizona wing of the non-profit Commemorative Air Force brought her to Wichita Falls Regional Airport this week.
If you want to check out this rare and historic plane yourself, it will be at the airport through Sunday.
Tours are $10 or $20 for a family. Rides will be offered Friday through Sunday.
The B-25 low-level bombers are probably best known for the famous Doolittle raid over Japan at the beginning of the war, but, this particular plane saw all its action in the European theater making bombing missions mostly over Italy.
She was headed to the Pacific but by then, the Army had new types of planes, so she was sent home and in the late ’50s sold for scrap.
But at the last minute, a crop duster in Alabama bought the plane, converted her and for the next 15 years, her mission was to bomb bugs on peanut and cotton plants.
She then faced dismantling for parts to serve other planes but was saved by the Commemorative Air Force in Arizona.
“Maid in Shade” was stored for many years, then completely dismantled, stored again, and finally after 30 years of on-again and off-again work, she came back to life in Arizona and is now back in the sky, bringing history to generations of Americans since her birth 75 years ago.
Public tours are $10 per person and will be open Tuesday—Thursday from 9 a.m.—6 p.m. and Friday—Sunday 2 a.m.—6 p.m. Flight are available Friday—Sunday 10 a.m.—1 p.m.