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updated: 9/6/2013 7:12 AM

World War II aircraft makes Mount Vernon visit

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MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- World War II aircraft enthusiasts can get a firsthand look at a B-25 bomber this weekend in southern Illinois.

The plane dubbed "Maid in the Shade" arrived Monday at Mount Vernon Outland Airport for the Light Sport Aircraft Expo. The plane will be on display and be available for tours and flights through Sunday.

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The Commemorative Air Force of Airbase Arizona brought the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber to the area in hopes of showcasing history.

As a member of the B-25s's crew, Dave Gross says the plane helps pay tribute to World War II veterans "for what they gave to the country."

It took 27 years and some $2.5 million to restore the plane, which is the model made famous by the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan in 1942.

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