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WWII Bomber land in Mt. Vernon

The plane is most famous for its presence in the Doolittle Raid just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The plane is most famous for its presence in the Doolittle Raid just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

Folks in Mt. Vernon got an up close view of a World War II B-25 Bomber Aircraft.

The Airbase Arizona of the Commemorative Air Force, a nonprofit group, flies the veteran aircraft around the country taking some fearless folks up for a ride.

The plane is most famous for its presence in the Doolittle Raid just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

"It is very fun but is also very humbling to be able to operate this kind of aircraft that they operated in WWII and the veterans come here and prove it with their acknowledgement and their tears sometimes," said one of the pilots, Spike Mclane.

The plane can reach speeds of 300 miles per hour and can carry a crew of three men along with 12, 50 caliber machine guns and 670 gallons of fuel.

It's next stop, Lexington, Kentucky.

The veteran plane spent 28 years on the ground before being restored, which is how it got its name.

"They said it was just the hanger queen and then they decided to name it 'Maid in the Shade,' because it was just always in the hanger. It took 28 years to get it to its present condition," said Mclane.

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