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B-25 bomber scheduled to fly Saturday into Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS -- A World War II B-25 bomber is slated to arrive Saturday morning at Granite Falls Municipal Airport and will be available for tours.

The Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will display the B-25 from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. According to a news release from the Commemorative Air Force, there is no charge to view the display, but tours inside the aircraft will be $5 and will include the chance to sit in the pilot's seat.

This particular aircraft was a 12-year restoration that began in 1981 and was completed in 1993 by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

The completed restoration of the aircraft is a replication of the B-25 Bomber named "Miss Mitchell" that served with the 310th Bomb Group, 380th Squadron out of bases in North Africa and Corsica, Italy, from 1943 to 1945. The original "Miss Mitchell" completed more than 140 combat missions.

The Commemorative Air Force is an all-volunteer organization that restores, maintains and flies World War II aircraft for flying demonstrations and displays to the public.

A ride in the B-25 is available for $400 a seat. It is a tax-deductible donation and all the funds generated at these events from tours, flights and memorabilia sales help to maintain the aircraft.

For B-25 ride information, contact volunteer and air show coordinator Jim Gilmore at 612-685-4506 or e-mail at smwwinglead

The event would be moved to Sunday if in-clement weather prevents it being held Saturday.