The Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-25 Berlin Express and the B-29 Doc will join together for multiple History Restored Tour stops in Florida and Louisiana beginning on March 31 to kick off the 2022 tour seasons for both historic aircraft. The two historic World War II-era aircraft will tour together in Tallahassee, Florida (March 31-April 3), at the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida (April 5-10), and Monroe, Louisiana (April 14-17). The joint History Restored Tour will include ground and cockpit tours for both warbirds, as well as B-25 and B-29 flight experiences at each location.
“The rare opportunity to see living aviation history is even more unforgettable when these two iconic aircraft appear together at these upcoming stops,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, who leads the organization’s air operations team. “These joint appearances bring the history and heroism of World War II out of the books and videos to a personal experience and a tribute to people who defended freedom.”
“Bringing these two historic and iconic warbirds together to honor the legacy of those who designed, built, flew and maintained these aircraft will be a unique and one-of-a-kind event,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc Executive Director and General Manager. “We are excited to partner with the EAA team to continue our joint mission of honoring the Greatest Generation.”
Flight experience tickets are on sale now for both aircraft. EAA’s B-25 Berlin Express can be found at www.FlyTheB25.org, while B-29 Doc flight experience tickets can be purchased at www.b29doc.com/rides.
Tallahassee, Florida (March 31-April 3)
Hosted by EAA Chapter 445 at Tallahassee International Airport (3300 Capital Circle SW), on Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3. Gates will open Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1 for static ground and flight deck tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Ground and flight deck tours will also be available Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., following morning ride flights.
Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo – Lakeland, Florida (April 5-10)
Both aircraft will arrive at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland on Monday, April 4. The B-29 and B-25 will be featured as static displays Tuesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 10. The location of those displays will be announced prior to the event. B-25 Berlin Express and B-29 Doc flights will be available throughout the week of the show.
Monroe, Louisiana (April 14-17)
AvFlight Monroe will host the event at Monroe Regional Airport (5410 Operations Road). Gates will open Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15 for static ground and flight deck tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Ground and flight deck tours will also be available Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., following morning ride flights.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 250,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.EAA.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.
About B-25 Berlin Express
EAA’s B-25 Mitchell bomber represents the hundreds of these medium bombs used by the Allies during World War II in campaigns around the world. Its restoration was completed in 2019 and it is now painted in the markings of the Berlin Express, the airplane it portrayed in the movie Catch-22. More information is available at FlyTheB25.org.
About Doc’s Friends and B-29 Doc
Doc’s Friends, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit board managing the operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. It is one of only two remaining B-29s that are still airworthy and flying today. The mission of Doc’s Friends is to HONOR the men and women who sacrificed so much for the freedom of others, including those who designed, built, maintained, and flew the B-29 during and after WWII. CONNECT people with the rich heritage of the B-29 and allow aviation enthusiasts to experience the thrill of a B-29 up close. EDUCATE today’s and future generations on the contributions of the Greatest Generation during wartime.