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B-25 Mitchell flyby at Naval Centennial Celebration

B-25 Mitchell flyby at Naval Aviation Centenial February 12, 2011

Pictured is North American B-25J Mitchell "Maid in the Shade" during a flyby on February 12, 2011, celebrating 100 years of naval aviation. The "J" was the last B-25 model produced. It had improved bombing capabilities with a glazed nose for the bombadier and the bombload was increased to 6000 pounds.

Maid in the Shade, serial #335972, is restored to her 1944 U.S. markings with Battle Number 18 painted on her tail. The nose art "Maid in the Shade", shows a reclining girl superimposed over the silhouette of and island, and the words Serraggia, Corsica 1944. The Serraggia Airfield was used by the USAAF 57th Bomb Wing, after the Germans had been forced to withdraw from Corsica.

According to the Commemorative Air Force, this aircraft flew 15 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operation during World War II, targeting mainly railroad bridges in Italy during November and December of 1944. After WWII it served for a time as an agricultural bug sprayer. The aircraft has been beautifully restored by the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Mesa, Arizona.

The short video clip below of the B-25 Mitchell was taken during the Naval Aviation Centennial "Parade of Flight".

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