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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A piece of living history arrived at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Monday. A WWII era B-25 bomber that belongs to the Commemorative Air Force's Arizona wing landed shortly before noon.

The aircraft has been nicknamed "Maid in the Shade." It flew in 15 combat missions during WWII off the island of Corsica with the 319th bombing group. It took 28 years to restore to its current condition.

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit group committed to honoring aviators from all American wars and preserving the history of classic military aircraft. The crew and ground support personnel who travel across the country with these planes are all non-paid volunteers.

"Being that we are a non-profit organization, all the monies that go all the proceeds from merchandise from the ride program and from the donations in the aircraft go to the aircraft themselves. We as volunteers don't reap any of the pay at all," said Pilot David Baker.

This B-25 will be available for public viewing at the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival this weekend. Tours of the inside of the plane are available for a $5 donation. The Commemorative Air Force will also be offering flights this week prior to the show.

Flights in the cockpit area of the plane cost $650, while flights in the waist area are $395. All proceeds go to keep these planes in the air and are 75 percent tax deductible.

For more information call 480-924-1940 or visit www.azcaf.com.

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