Breaking News Bar
updated: 9/6/2013 7:12 AM

World War II aircraft makes Mount Vernon visit

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

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.

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.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.