One of the largest gatherings of B-25 Mitchell bombers since World War II is set to take place as part of a tribute to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders during their 68th reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, April 16-18.
At least 20 B-25s from across the nation are scheduled to land on the runway behind the museum on the morning of April 17. The aircraft will then be placed on static display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the public to get an up-close look at each plane and meet the pilots and crews. On April 18 at 1 p.m., the aircraft will fly over the museum in a formation flight prior to the Doolittle Raiders Memorial Service in the museum’s Memorial Park.
These outdoor reunion events are weather contingent and subject to change, according to organizers. Click here to see the full reunion schedule.
Before and after the museum reunion events, the B-25s will stage out of Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio, to practice formation flights, and will offer public rides and static displays. For more information on the events at Grimes Field: ChampaignAviationMuseum.org.