On June 1, 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had the rare opportunity to “Hitch A Ride” on a B-25 Mitchell WW2 Bomber “Maid In The Shade.” The Arizona Commemorative Air Force (AZCAF) owns the aircraft and tours the United States and Canada offering rides to enthusiasts. This aircraft was stationed in Corsica in 1944 and flew 15 missions over southern Italy in WW2. After the war, the plane changed hands with many different owners. When the AZCAF took ownership, the plane was in Minnesota. The aircraft was in terrible condition. They had to ferry the plane from Minnesota, stopping and landing every 100 miles to add oil to the engines, to Texas to house in a hangar for restoration. With volunteers spending thousands of hours working on this plane, restoration was completed after 28 years! What a piece of history to share with today’s generations! If you ever get a chance to fly with the AZCAF in one of their restored WW2 aircraft, do it! I assure you, it will be a lifetime event you will never forget.
Many thanks and credit to Jeannie for her assistance in shooting pictures and videos. She helped to make the event special.
I would like to share this great event with you through videos and pictures we took. We don’t pretend to be professional photographers. Just a couple of people taking videos and pictures with their cell phones on an exciting day.
VIDEO LINK Videos of “Maid In The Shade”
PICTURES LINK Pictures of “Maid In The Shade”
VIDEO CLIP Actual Documentary – Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 Raid over Tokyo