Members of the USAF Thunderbirds jet team toured Wright brothers’ sites and flew in a World War Two North American B-25 Mitchell bomber recently while in the area for the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio.
An earlier-than-usual arrival at Dayton International Airport gave the team some free time. Pilots and several others took advantage of the break to explore the area’s rich aviation heritage, culminating in flights in B-25 ‘Champaign Gal’, which is among those warbirds scheduled to fly at the air show.
A group of approximately 30 Thunderbirds took turns taking familiarisation flights on the Champaign Aviation Museum’s bomber at historic Grimes Field Airport in Urbana. The twin-engined bomber can carry six passengers at a time.
Photo: Several members of the Thunderbirds with B-25 pilots Eric Shiffer and Bill Weidenhammer. TIM GAFFNEY