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B-25 "Maid in the Shade" sitting at Tri-State Aero
B-25 "Maid in the Shade" sitting at Tri-State Aero

It's only Wednesday, and the ShrinersFest Air Show is still a couple days away, but the first plane has touched down.

The World War II B-25, "Maid in the Shade," flew in from the airbase at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force.

This B-25 flew 15 combat missions in Italy, mostly over bridges and railroads, and could carry around 5,000 pounds of bombs.

Six people would have sat inside the plane during a mission.

A bombardier would have sat in the very front of the plane, two pilots would have sat behind him in the cockpit.

A crew chief operated the top gun.

In the back of the plane, a radio operator was in charge of the waste guns, and at the very back was a tail gunner.

Members of the Arizona Commemorative Air Force tell us volunteers worked for 28 years to restore the B-25.

You can catch the bomber making a special appearance Thursday evening before the fireworks show on the river front.

You can also get an up close look if you come to Tri-State Aero any time from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. from now through Sunday.

If you want to get a better taste, why not take a ride yourself? To schedule a ride, just find one of the members of the Commemorative Air Force. They'll be at a booth along the river front all weekend.

Flyovers start Thursday and the main shows are Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The fireworks show is at dusk on July 4.

There will also be Twilight shows this year, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

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