Seats Open In Pacific Prowler B-25 To Doolittle Reunion

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The Doolittle Raiders Reunion, set for April 16 to 18 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is sure to be a memorable event, and now the folks who fly the Pacific Prowler B-25 are offering a chance to ride along with them on their flight to Dayton, Ohio. The Prowler, operated by a nonprofit group based at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, was built in 1944 at North American's Kansas City plant and joined the Army Air Force in 1945. The airplane has been featured in about 80 Hollywood films, including Memphis Belle, Flight of the Phoenix, and Catch 22. "The Pacific Prowler is one of the most stunning B-25s flying today," according to the group's news release. For more information about the available seats, offered on a cost-sharing basis, contact the group via their Web site.

The Doolittle Raiders Reunion will commemorate the historic attack on Japan by B-25s launched from the deck of the USS Hornet in April 1942. About 25 of the airplanes and all of the surviving pilots and crews have been invited to participate in the event. The full schedule of events, most of which are free to the public, is posted on the museum Web site. If all 25 of the invited airplanes are able to be there, it would be the largest gathering of B-25s since World War II. Seats in the Pacific Prowler are also available for the return flight from Dayton to Fort Worth.