CHICKASHA, Okla. — A little bit of history landed at the Chickasha Municipal Airport on Monday morning.
Arizona Commemorative Air Force's 'Maid in the Shade,' a B-25 1944 WWII bomber plane is rare for many reasons.
The plane is only one of only 25 left—in the world—that still flies, according to Paul Hlavaty, Arizona Commemorative Air Force Flight Chief.
Made in the Shade is also rare because there are actually existing photos of the plane in combat.
The restoration process took 28 years, he said. The plane was entirely disassembled and required many replacement parts, which were not always easy to locate, Hlavaty said.
The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Crew was able to do much of the restoration on the plane in a hanger out of the Arizona sun, hence the name—Maid in the Shade. This is also a play on words for the plane's pinup nose art.
Hlavaty said few of these planes made it back from overseas during WWII because it was often too costly to send them back home after the war.
Maid in the Shade will be at the Wings and Wheels Fly-In and Car Show held at the Chickasha Municipal Airport from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Admission is free to the family-friendly event.
Attendees will be able to purchase a flight on the Maid in the Shade B-25 bomber plane. To purchase a seat on a Maid in the Shade flight, visit bit.ly/FlyChickasha.
The Chickasha Municipal Airport, located at 2344 Beechcraft Road, is approximately 2 miles north of Chickasha off Highway 81.