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Mon, Apr 29, 2024

EAA to Offer B-25 Rides on Nationwide Tour

B-25 Mitchell Rides Available on Berlin Express During EAA Summer Tour

This summer, history enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to experience World War II aviation as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) launches a nationwide tour with its restored B-25 Mitchell bomber, known as the "Berlin Express."

The tour will make several stops across the United States, offering an immersive flying experience aboard a genuine piece of World War II history.

The Berlin Express will begin its journey at the TBM Avenger Reunion in Peru, Illinois, from May 16-19, before moving on to other locations including Cincinnati, Ohio; Olathe, Kansas; Rockford, Illinois; and Madison, Wisconsin. The tour will culminate at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from July 22-28, where aviation enthusiasts from around the globe gather each year for one of the largest and most anticipated airshows in the world.

Built in December 1943, the Berlin Express served as an administrative aircraft during the war, based out of various U.S. locations. After its military service, it underwent modifications for use as an executive transport. The aircraft gained additional fame for its role in the 1970 satirical war film "Catch-22," based on the novel by Joseph Heller, which is how it acquired its current name and markings.

EAA offers flight experiences in the Berlin Express, allowing passengers to explore the aircraft's interior compartments during flight, including where the bombardier and gunners would have been positioned. Each flight experience includes a pre-flight briefing, approximately 20 minutes of flight time, and a debriefing, costing $475 for EAA members and $495 for nonmembers.

As it visits each location, the tour not only celebrates the aircraft's storied history but also educates the public about the significant role these machines and their crews played in World War II. The initiative is part of EAA's broader mission to preserve aviation history and inspire current and future generations of pilots and engineers.  This tour promises to bring living history to the skies, offering an unforgettable experience for all who partake.

FMI: www.FlyTheB25.org

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