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Want to see a World War II bomber up close?

From staff reports • Aug 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Tri-Cities Airport’s 2018 Aviation Celebration will feature a World War II-era B-25 bomber called “Maid in the Shade” as part of the Flying Legends of Victory Tour presented by the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum.

The plane will be on display at Tri-City Aviation from Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 9.

Parking and admission to the displays are free and open to the public.

Ground tours of the inside of the B-25 may be purchased at the door for $10 per person or $20 for a family of four. Aviation enthusiasts can even fly in the B-25 Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The fee for rides is $325 or $625 per person. Reservations are required. Individuals may register at http://bit.ly/BristolB252018.

An A-10 Warthog, Chinook helicopter and other aircraft of interest will be on display Sept. 7-9. Helicopter rides and rides for youth on a C-17 will be available over the weekend for a fee. Local food trucks will also be onsite Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Educational booths will include the Appalachian Aviatrixes of the Ninety-Nines, Civil Air Patrol, A Walk in their Boots, Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee, ETSU ROTC, Ballad Health Aviation Department and the VA Women’s Veterans Program. Most of the booths will be onsite Sept. 7-9.

Money raised from this event will go to support scholarships from the Appalachian Aviatrixes, the local chapter of the International Organization of Women pilots, the Ninety-Nines. Scholarships are awarded to local women, allowing them to pursue pilot certificates and ratings.

To further introduce women to aviation, two flight lessons for those 16 and older are being raffled. Each lesson includes one hour of flight and one hour of ground training with a flight instructor. Tickets are $1 and may be purchased at the event. Parental permission is required for anyone under 18.

Event coordinator Meagan Harr is a recent aviation scholarship winner.

“This scholarship has made a significant impact on my aviation goals,” said Harr. “Through the Ninety-Nines scholarship, I have become a certified pilot and am now working on my advanced ratings. I want to pay it forward to the aviation community by helping other women benefit from scholarships.”

In addition to local scholarships, the Ninety-Nines offer many International scholarships such as the Fly Now Award. Each year, approximately 50 women are awarded scholarships for up to $6,000 toward their private pilot certificate.

For more details about the event, visit www.triflight.com/AviationCelebration.

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