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Second World War bomber soars over Regina

The Experimental Aircraft Association is putting a Second World War B-25 bomber up for display in Regina.

B-25 on display at Regina Flying Club

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      There was on oldie, but a goldie flying through Regina's skies on Friday.

      The B-25 medium bomber airplane has its roots in the Second World War: it was built in 1944, and is only one of a handful still remaining in the world. 

      The Experimental Aircraft Association brought it to the Queen City on Friday, making the almost ancient aircraft part of its open house event. 

      "You don't see these airplanes anymore and as time goes on, they're becoming very rare. When this plane was built in 1944, there was 10,000 total built, now there's only about 30 flying in the world. So they're becoming more and more extinct, so our mission is to keep them flying to keep that education alive," said  Bill Tischer.

      He's with the commemorative air force. He had a chance to go up in the plane on Friday afternoon. 

      "I flew up as a passenger in the tail section, and I had about an hour just thinking what it was like if you had enemy fighters coming up behind you. It's kind of sobering when you think about it, what those 19 and 20 year olds were doing," he said. 

      This particular plane didn't see any combat, but it's named after the bomber that did: the Miss Mitchell bomber flew more than 140 missions during the Second World War.

      The Experimental Aircraft Association will also be making flights with the aircraft on Saturday and Sunday.

      It'll be on display at the Regina Flying Club both days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

      History buffs and aircraft afficiandos can lift off in the plane too, after plopping down $590.

      This B-25 bomber will be on display at the Regina Flying Club this weekend. (Submitted by Malcolm McLeod)

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