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Flying legend hanging out at the Las Cruces International Airport


The Airbase Arizona Flying Museum and the Flying Legends of Victory Tour will bring an iconic World War II warplane to Wings n Wheels Fest 2021 at Las Cruces International Airport Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26. The plane will be open to the public for ground tours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, and 2 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26. The B-25J, “Maid in the Shade,” served with the 319th Bomb Group, 437th Squadron, at Serragia Airbase in Corsica, Italy during WWII. It drew 15 combat missions over Italy and Yugoslavia Nov. 4 to Dec. 31, 1944. After the war, the plane was used as a trainer before being sold at auction and used as an insect sprayer. It was acquired by Airbase Arizona in 1981 and flew again beginning in 2009. You can book a ride online at www.azcaf.org/tour or by calling 480-462-2992.