The B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade” will be in Leesburg, VA from August 27 – September 3, 2018.Book Your Flight Now

A one of a kind collection of the rarest historical military planes in the world will be near you. Come see them up close and personal, and better yet fly in one!

Joining us for flights is the Commemorative Air Force Capital Wing’s TBM “Doris Mae.”

“Doris Mae” is a Grumman designed (TBF) aircraft built under license by GM in New Jersey in 1945. Assigned initially to the US Marine Corps, we know that this aircraft served as a replacement aircraft in several USMC training units in California from 1945 to 1948 and then was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952. It was modified by Fairey Aviation (Canada) as an AS3M for anti-submarine warfare (turret removed; ASW operator station installed in its place; and MAD boom installed). Acquired by Forest Protection in New Brunswick (called Tanker 18) after this service, it was modified as a spray plane with a protruding conformal tank in the bomb bay (doors removed and discarded) and a fairing installed on the aft part of canopy where the turret originally was.

According to research with the National Museum of the Marine Corps, TBM-3Es served in many Marine VMTB units in the Pacific: 131, 132, 134, 143, 232, 233, 234, 242, & 332. After research on possible unit association and aircraft finish schemes for the TBM restoration, the Squadron decided to finish the aircraft as one of the USMC VMTB-143 TBMs assigned to the USS Gilbert Islands (CVE 107) carrying the markings of “P87” and nose art as “Doris Mae”.

Departing from the Projet Aviation Ramp at the Leesburg Executive Airport. We have a limited number of seats, flights are filling up fast.

Built in 1944, the B-25 “Maid in the Shade” was developed by North American Aviation and used mainly as a low altitude strafe and skip bomber. Nearly 10,000 B-25s were produced and the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade” is one of 34 still flying today.

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What to expect at the Leesburg Executive Airport

Projet Aviation Ramp at Leesburg Executive Airport
1001 Sycolin Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175
tel. (703) 737-7125

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More about the Flying Legends of Victory Tour

Don’t just get to look at the Commemorative Air Force Museum’s one-of-a-kind collection of historical military planes – fly in one!

Not everyone can visit the Airbase Arizona Museum for an up-close and personal inspection of our thrilling warbirds. So in the summer, we take our World War II planes to the public to fulfill our mission of educating generations about the role of aviation in combat history. Our summer air show, the “Flying Legends of Victory Tour,” starts in June and ends in October. Three of our seven flying warbirds travel to approximately 50 cities.

Keep your eyes to the skies when our C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend “Old Number 30,” B-25 “Maid in the Shade,” and B-17 “Sentimental Journey” fly overhead to their next destination. And come visit us when we’re in your town. Rides and tours are available, but be sure to book your seat in advance because we’ll only be there for a limited time.  

Our summer tour is made possible by volunteer Commemorative Air Force members who attend ground school in the spring and give up anywhere from one to three weeks at a time of their summer and/or fall to go on location with our planes. These members put in long hours on-site, but they do so with smiles on their faces to bring joy — and history — to others. They answer questions, coordinate rides, give tours of the aircraft and sell souvenirs, among other things. These volunteers have a passion for keeping history alive.