Back by popular demand.
For those who missed the aviation opportunity of a lifetime in 2014, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, Maid in the Shade, will be dropping into Penticton Regional Airport next week.
The authentically-restored aircraft, which served in the Second World War, is one of just a handful of its type in the world still flying.
The Flying Legends of Victory Tour is part of a swing through Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest by the Arizona-based Commemorative Air Force (CAF) aircraft.
The goal is to give people a close-up history lesson and also as a tribute to all those who served their countries.
This is the third time the Penticton Flying Club has been graced by a CAF visit. The last time it was a B-17 bomber in 2015.
“It’s an extremely rare chance to fly in a real World War 2, radial-driven bomber,” said Tim Singer, vice president of the flying club and one of the organizers. “The Okanagan seems to be about aviation-friendly people out here who like to take in this stuff. When the B-17 was here they were flying for six days and sold out every flight completely.”
Corey Paul, CAF marketing and communications manager concurred: “We had a wonderful reception the last time we were in Penticton so we thought it was time to come back and make a visit.”
Throughout the week the B-25 will be open for tours and for three days, June 30 to July 2, people will have an opportunity to purchase a flight.
Flights can be arranged through the Penticton Flying Club Facebook site.
The plane is scheduled to arrive Monday at 10 a.m.