Experience fight in a vintage World War II aircraft in July.

Experience fight in a vintage World War II aircraft in July.

Chance to fly in a piece of history

The B-25 Mitchell, one of the most popular and recognized aircraft of the Second World War, will be in Cranbrook July 14-18.

The B-25 Mitchell, one of the most popular and recognized aircraft of the Second World War, will be in Cranbrook July 14-18. Limited seats within both the glass nose and the side gunner areas are available onboard the flights which will take place during this period.

The historic aircraft, with the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing will be making a stop in Cranbrook on Monday, July 14, until Friday, July 18. Two years ago the Cranbrook Airshow hosted and sold flights in the B17 “Flying Fortress” and we are excited to present our community with another similar opportunity this year.

During the winter months the Arizona Wing Aviation Museum based in Mesa, Arizona, enables people to experience the flight of a lifetime by offering “Warbird Rides” onboard the B-25 Mitchell. However during the week of July 14 to July 18 the B-25 will be at the Cranbrook airport to allow people in Cranbrook and the surrounding area to have a chance to fly in the aircraft. The flights will be all be local flights in the Kootenay area and total time on-board will be about one hour.

There are a limited number of flights that will be made available during this week long period and Cranbrook Airshow organizers suggest that if you are interested in booking a flight onboard this historic plane that you make your reservation quickly. Last time seats were sold out within 24 hours. Reservations can be made online at www.cranbrookairshow.com or by calling Joy Dekkers at 1-250-417-5120.

Streamline Aviation is sponsoring the WWII B-25 Mitchell of the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing by providing fuel at cost. This is a strictly non-commercial event and all proceeds will go directly to the Arizona Wing Aviation Museum to offset some of the costs of aircraft and museum operations. Regular ticket prices in Arizona are $850 for the glass nose seats and $425 for the radio room/waist gunner seats. However we are pleased to offer be able to offer you tickets at a slight discount: CAD$710 for the glass nose seats and CAD$435 for the side gunner seats. Prices include tax.

The ticket proceeds go directly to the Arizona Wing Aviation Museum to help keep our past history alive for future generations. Not only will your ticket purchase be a wonderful experience for yourself, it will also allow us to keep this history alive for future generations. Help us build and sustain that legacy by purchasing your ticket today.

To book a flight in this historic plane a reservation fee of $50 can be made online at www.cranbrookairshow.com or by calling 1-250-417-5120. The remainder is due at boarding.

The B25 will also be open for tours in the afternoon and early evening of June 14 through June 17. We will make a few flights, but if you check the www.cranbrookairshow.com web site the week in advance, you will have a good idea of the times the Bomber will come roaring in, and be available. Walking the grounds is free. Tours inside the Bomber are charged $5, payable cash at entry. Monday evening starting at 4:30 p.m Cranbrook Dodge will also holding a BBQ hosted by the Cranbrook Bandits Baseball team at the Cranbrook Airport. All proceeds of the BBQ will go to the Cranbrook Bandits Baseball team. Bring out your family to eat a hot dog, support your community, and tour the plane!

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