Vintage Bomber Stops In Topeka

By: Doug Brown
By: Doug Brown
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A flying museum landed in Topeka Thursday.

A Mitchell B25 bomber winged its way into Billard Airport. The vintage aircraft was made at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. and is named "Maid in the Shade."

The aircraft flew 15 combat missions during World War II, mainly targeting railroads and railroad bridges in places like Italy and Yugoslavia. It even sports some repaired bullet holes from those missions.

While the plane brings back memories for veterans in its visits around the country, it also attracts attention from the next generation. Russ Gilmore, who pilots the plane, says he loves to see children at their visits so he can show them around and teach a bit about WWII history, which he believes doesn't get the attention it deserves in schools anymore. He says it's a way to honor the sacrifice veterans made.

The plane is at Billard through Monday, Oct. 1. It's free to walk around it. They suggest a $5 donation to sit inside. Flights also are available with prices starting at $395. Call 480-322-5503 to make reservations.

Money goes to maintenance and preservation and expenses for their travels. The plane visits about 75 cities during its summer tour.


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