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How special WWII raid can be celebrated in Utah

Good Morning Utah

This year marks the 75th anniversary commemoration of Doolittles Historic Raid over Tokyo. Dave Barber, James Humphreys, and Rob Meals joined Good Morning Utah to talk about the event.  Among the highlights of this week-long commemoration will be a visit from a B-25 Mitchell bomber, a swing dance party, WWII re-enactment, and a pancake breakfast. The plane, a bomber named Maid in the Shade, will arrive to the Heber City Airport at noon on June 5th and depart at 9am on June 12th. 

The guests explained that the historic raid over Tokyo by the Doolittle Raiders was lead by pilot Jimmy Doolittle, sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers departed April 18, 1942 from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on a 500-foot runway each with a 2000-pound bomb load. After the raid fifteen aircraft crash-landed in China; the 16th landed in the Soviet Union. This mission served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, proving that Japan was vulnerable to American air power.

June 5 — 12:00-1:00pm
B-25Maid in the Shade lands Heber City Airport
Meet a WWII veteran
 
June 5-11 — 9:00-4:00pm
B-25 tours
B-25 rides $650 (front) $325 (aft window seat)
Stearman bi-plane open cockpit rides $275
North American T-6 rides $375
Demonstration flights
Aircraft and military vehicle displays
Museum tours
Military PX sales
 
RESERVE YOUR B-25, STEARMAN, or T-6 FLIGHT TODAY – (435) 503-7903
 
June 9th — 6:00-10:00pm
Swing Dance Birthday Party featuring The Danny Newell All-Star Big Band –$15 adults, $25 couple, kids and WWII vets free. Lola’s Street Truck (Mexican food for purchase). Help us celebrate Maid in the Shade’s 73rd birthday.
 
June 10th 8:00-10:00am
Pancake breakfast – Have breakfast with a B-25 bomber pilot — $8 adults, $3 kids and seniors, WWII vets free
 
June 12 9:00am
B-25 departs Heber City Airport
 
Learn more online at https://www.russmcdonaldfield.com/.
 
 

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