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Airdrie Air Show offers a chance to fly in a B25 warbird

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:38 pm

A B25J Mitchell like the one pictured here will be making it's way to the Airdrie AirPark from July 7 to 13 thanks to the Airdrie Region Air Show and Airdronians can win a chance to take a flight in the classic warbird by visiting the Airdrie Regional Air Show Facebook page.
A B25J Mitchell like the one pictured here will be making it's way to the Airdrie AirPark from July 7 to 13 thanks to the Airdrie Region Air Show and Airdronians can win a chance to take a flight in the classic warbird by visiting the Airdrie Regional Air Show Facebook page.
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The Airdrie Regional Air Show will welcome a rare glimpse into the past with the arrival of a B25J Mitchell in Airdrie from July 7 to 13 at the Airdrie AirPark.

“It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come here to Canada often,” said Jill Iverson, volunteer director of communications and marketing with the air show.

“There is not a whole lot of these planes still flying.”

The B25J Mitchell was used by the Royal Air Force from 1944 to 1962 and was considered the most lethal gunship of the Second World War because each plane had up to 18 guns on it.

The public is invited to tour the cockpit for $5 per person or $10 per family from July 8 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and July 11 to 13 from noon to 4 p.m.

For those looking to get an even bigger experience, tickets to take a ride in the warbird are available for $350 to $650 USD (approximately $421 to $693 Canadian) depending on where in the plane you sit.

Tickets for seats in the front of the plane, or the jump seat behind cockpit, will have access to the nose/bombardier during flight and are more costly than the tickets for seats in the middle of the plane, or fuselage.

If that seems a little pricey, Iverson said not to worry because the Airdrie Regional Air Show is giving away a seat on a flight to one lucky winner on July 4.

To enter, visit the Airdrie Regional Air Show Facebook page and “like” the post about entering the contest.

“It’s an opportunity to experience a little bit of history and something you’ll remember for a long time,” she said.

The plane is coming to Airdrie with the Commemorative Air Force, which is based out of Arizona, when they make a stop along their Western Canadian Tour.

To book a flight or for more information on the B25J Mitchell, visit azcaf.org

“Even just hearing that plane take off is an experience,” Iverson said.

The next Airdrie Regional Air Show will take place in July 2015, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your air show fix this year.


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