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World War II History Invades Denver!
The Warbirds Unlimited Foundation of Mesa, AZ Establishes Summer ìBaseî for Rare North American B-25H Mitchell in Denver, CO at Centennial Airport
The roar of Wright R-2600s will be a common sound over the Mile High City this summer as the Warbirds Unlimited Foundation of Mesa, AZ brings their extremely unique and rare H-model B-25 to Denver for Summer 2009 to offer flight experiences and the ability for local residents to see one of the most famous aircraft of World War II up-close and personal.
The North American B-25H Mitchell, named ìBarbie IIIî is the last flying H-model with the 75mm cannon in the nose. The rare gunship model of the B-25, used heavily in the South Pacific for ground attack, was one of the most unique adaptations of the Mitchell seen during the war.
The aircraft operated by the Warbirds Unlimited Foundation was the first B-25H built and survived the war as a stateside trainer with North American, then was sold after the war into the private sector as a test bed for landing gear by the Bendix Corporation. It was restored in the 1990ís to wartime configuration by a group of volunteers called the Weary Warriors of Aurora, IL after it sat for many years on a farm. The restoration was comprehensive and the aircraft is one of the most accurate B-25 restorations currently in flying condition.
For people interested in taking a flight back in time aboard the B-25H ìBarbie IIIî, thirty-minute flights aboard are being offered for a $375 donation per person for the opportunity. All donations go right back into the operation and upkeep of the B-25 and to help keep the aircraft flying for many generations to come.
The Summer 2009 base for the Warbirds Unlimited Foundation in Denver, CO will be at Centennial Airport located at Denver jetCenter. Flights are traditionally offered Saturdays and Sundays, but special arrangements for weekday opportunities are always available. The B-25 will be based in Denver from June 19th through the second week in September 2009.
Reservations for flight experiences for Fatherís Day are currently being booked. Call 800-357-6561 for reservations or visit http://www.warbirdsunlimited.org <http://www.warbirdsunlimited.org/> for more details.
The B-25 will continue to be based at its home in
The B-25 will continue to be based at its home inMesa, AZ at historic Falcon Field from September through May each year and is available for flight experiences in the Phoenix metro area during Fall, Winter, and Spring each year.