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Warbirds at Sparta Airport


Photo from yankeemuseum.org. This B-25D Mitchell, a twin-engine bomber from World War II, will be at the Sparta Airport and available for rides on August 12 and 13 during their annual Build Off and Fly in.

Photo from yankeemuseum.org.
This B-25D Mitchell, a twin-engine bomber from World War II, will be at the Sparta Airport and available for rides on August 12 and 13 during their annual Build Off and Fly in.

By Judy Reed

EAA Chapter 704 is bringing the 4th annual Great Lakes Aviators Build Off and Fly In to the Sparta Airport, 9100 Vinton Avenue, on August 12-13.

Admission is free to the grounds for an up-close look at vintage warbirds and show planes.

There will be a juried competition of home built and restored aircraft, and an exciting opportunity to see and ride in the B-25 Mitchell twin-engine bomber, a plane that became standard equipment for Allied forces during World War II. According to Boeing.com, it became “the most heavily armed airplane in the world, was used for high- and low-level bombing, strafing, photoreconnaissance, submarine patrol, and even as a fighter and was distinguished as the aircraft that completed the historic raid over Tokyo in 1942.” Nearly 10,000 were produced between 1939 and 1945. It was named after Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell.

The plane that will be onsite is a real bomber that saw combat but was not harmed. To reserve a ride visit http://yankeeairmuseum.org/fly/b-25-rides/.

There will also be a hearty pancake breakfast for $7 on Saturday morning, and free flights for Young Eagles (ages 8-17) from 8 a.m. to noon. There is a pre-event party on Friday night, where pilot campers can pitch a tent on the field, and food, music and drinks will be available.

Hope to see you there!

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