Thursday, April 25, 2013

B-25 Bombers in Destin

As part of the Doolittle Raiders Reunion, 5 B-25 Bombers flew into town and were on display at the Destin Airport.

I think these are really awesome planes so over to the airport I went.

And there sat 4 of them.

The Yellow Rose



The Special Delivery



The Panchito



 And The Killer Bee


 Rides were offered for $425 and there were a lot of people lined up to fly so Georgie’s Gal may have been off on a flight.

The Killer B was having some work done while I was there. I couldn’t actually get into the plane but I was able to stand on a stepladder and get a look inside.


These planes are beautiful and amazing and even though I’m scared of flying, if I had $425 to spend I think I’d go. A flight like that would be so incredible that I believe my fear of flying would disappear – for the moment.

As the planes flew into town, Colonel Dick Cole, Doolittle’s co-pilot during the Raid, piloted the Special Delivery.

Colonel Cole is 97 and according to Larry Gregory, the regular pilot of the Special Delivery, Colonel Cole is “Awesome…I’ve given up my seat three times for him to take it.”

I’ve always thought my Uncle Nick driving himself to his 100th birthday party was amazing and I think flying a B-25 Bomber at 97 bumps Colonel Cole right up into the amazing department with Uncle Nick.

I watched as the Panchito took off and kicked myself for choosing to pay bills instead of taking a ride.


I won’t make that mistake again.

Thank you to the organizations that have invested the time and money into these planes so that we can enjoy them. 
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