CAF Minnesota Wing B-25 “Miss Mitchell” To Visit Bemidji, MN for Father’s Day

CAF Minnesota Wing partnering up with EAA Chapter 1397, AirCorps Aviation, and Bemidji Aviation Services to offer B-25 history flights in their home state

The CAF Minnesota Wing's B-25 starts her engines with crew chief Larry Utter monitoring. [Photo via Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing]


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The B-25 bomber Miss Mitchell from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Minnesota Wing will be touching down at the Bemidji Regional Airport (BJI) in Minnesota over Father’s Day weekend. The tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 1397, AirCorps Aviation, and Bemidji Aviation Services will allow members of the public to experience this amazing piece of World War II history up close. History flight experiences will be offered on Saturday and Sunday June 15th-16th.

The B-25 Miss Mitchell launches for another mission. [Photo via Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing]

The North American B-25 Mitchell placed itself in the history books on April 18th, 1942 when 16 of the medium-range bombers launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and bombed mainland Japan. Led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle, the U.S. had begun to turn the tables on the Japanese. The B-25J Miss Mitchell served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy completing over 130 missions. Its legacy of no crew fatalities during all of its missions was a rare accomplishment. Before taking command of the 8th Air Force in Europe in 1944, the 12th Air Force was under the command of then-Brigadier General Jimmy Doolittle. After a 12-year restoration by the CAF Minnesota Wing, Miss Mitchell took her first flight on April 18th, 1992 — exactly 50 years to the day of the daring Doolittle raid.

Another angle of Miss Mitchell on take off. [Photo via Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing]

Today, Miss Mitchell appears at air shows and special events throughout the United States and Canada. The CAF Minnesota Wing operates a History Flight program which gives you the opportunity to fly as a crew member on Miss Mitchell.

To book your tickets aboard Miss Mitchell at Bemidji on June 15th or June 16th click here. For more information on the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing visit their website here

CAF Minnesota Wing’s Living History Fly Day offers Living History flights to guests and supporters. [Photo via Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing]

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