A “hands-on” history lesson and flying museum will be at the Branson Airport (BKG) when “Yellow Rose,” the Commemorative Air Force’s B-25 Mitchell bomber, visits Sept. 13-17 along with seven other historically significant aircraft that changed American history.
The B-25 first gained fame as the bomber used in the April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by the legendary Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan just four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans and alarmed the Japanese, who had believed their home islands were inviolable by enemy troops.
The raiders took off from the carrier USS Hornet and successfully bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities. Of the 80 aircrew, 69 survived their historic mission and eventually made it back to American lines.
Joining the B-25 Mitchell is the Iconic B-29 Superfortress “FIFI,” a P-51 Mustang, T-6 Texan, T-34 Mentor, C-45 Expeditor, and PT-13 Stearman. The public may purchase rides on all of the CAF aircraft by going online to www.AirpowerSquadron.org or on the day of the event on a space-available basis.
The AirPower History Tour will be held at the Branson Airport Jet Center, 130 Wright Brothers Road, Hollister, Sept. 13-17.
Gates will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 11-17, and free for children age 10 and under. Admission includes a free tour of the B-29, access to the aircraft, and live entertainment by Branson performers Friday through Sunday.
A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Branson Veterans Task Force in furthering the area’s mission of serving and promoting America’s veterans.
Commemorative Air Force is a nonprofit educational organization and uses admission fees and ride fees to maintain the aircraft and organization of tour stops. All donations are tax deductible.