B-25 bomber ‘Maid in the Shade’ to visit Nashua Airport later this month

NASHUA – A legendary warbird, the B-25 bomber “Maid in the Shade,” is set to touchdown at the Nashua Airport and remain perched for the public to view and climb aboard from Aug. 20-26.

This stop in Nashua is part of the “Flying Legends of Victory Tour” with the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum and will feature more than just “Maid in the Shade.” The tour, which is made possible by the volunteers of the nonprofit, will also feature the following restored World War II combat airplanes: the C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend “Old Number 30;” and the B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey.” On this tour, these iconic airplanes and their crews will follow separate tour routes across the U.S. and Canada, visiting approximately 50 cities through October with the mission of educating all generations about the role of aviation in combat.

The B-25 “Maid in the Shade” was built in 1944, and was developed by North American Aviation to be used mainly as a low-altitude strafe and skip bomber. However, of the nearly 10,000 B-25s produced, this is one of 34 still flying.

Used in America’s first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines, sinking eight ships and shooting down five planes, the B-25 is most remembered the the Doolittle Raid on Japan, during which Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25s across Japan bombing targets.

Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 1944, this aircraft flew 15 combat missions, including 13 over Italy and two over Yugoslavia.

The public can book rides in advance and a link to do so, as well as dates and times, are below:

Tours:

Aug. 20 and 24, 2-6 p.m.

Aug. 21-23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rides:

Aug. 24-26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pricing:

Tours cost $10 per person and $20 for a family of four.

Seats are $325 per waist gunner compartment seat or $650 for flight deck jumpseat. These are limited to seven passengers per flight.

Ride reservations are required. Seats can be reserved at, http://bit.ly/FLOVTNashuaNH. More information about the Flying Legends of Victory Tour can be found at, www.flyinglegendstour.com.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.