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Restored WWII B-25 bomber "Maid in the Shade" will stop in Yakima July 5-11. (Courtesy photo)

Restored B-25 bomber to be on display in July

YAKIMA, Wash. — A restored B-25 Mitchell, the World War II medium bomber made famous by the Doolittle Toyko Raid, will be on display at the Yakima Air Terminal from July 5-11.

Named “Maid in the Shade,” the restored B-25 is a veteran of 18 combat missions flying out of Corsica during WWII and will be available for rides and tours at the McAllister Museum of Aviation.

A $5 donation is asked to look inside the plane. Rides cost $395 for a seat in the waist and $650 for a forward jump seat with access to the nose.

Maid in the Shade is maintained by the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum, which also flies a restored B-17 bomber that has visited Yakima in the past.

The twin-engine B-25 Mitchell was designed as a medium-range, medium-payload bomber and was named for Gen. Billy Mitchell, the outspoken pioneer of U.S. military aviation.

The plane is most closely associated, however, with Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, who led the April 1942 air raid on Japan that proved to be a huge lift in morale for Americans after Pearl Harbor.

In July 1945, an errant B-25 lost in fog over Manhattan crashed into the side of the Empire State Building between the 79th and 80th floors.

Of the nearly 10,000 B-25s produced during the war, only about 100 survive today, and fewer than half that number are said to be airworthy.

McAllister Museum officials said the restoration effort to bring Maid in the Shade back to flying condition took 28 years and was completed in May 2009.

For more information about booking a ride, call the Commemorative Air Force at 602-448-2350 or send an email to rides@azcaf.org.

Once the plane arrives in Yakima, more up-to-date information about ride information can be obtained by calling the McAllister Museum of Aviation at 509-457-4933.