Maid in the ShadeThis B-25J belongs to the Confederate - er, Commemorative Air Force. She is based at Falcon Field (ICAO: KFFZ) in Mesa, Arizona, home of big sister B-17G Sentimental Journey. She was built as B-25J-10-NC SN 43-35972.
Maid in the Shade was already at KFFZ when I first encountered the B-17 in 1983. Sentimental Journey had the priority and was restored first - outside. No hanger big enough for her. Maid in the Shade was restored over some 27 years and inside a hanger. Hence, in the shade.
CAF restored her in 43-35972's original combat markings although the nose art and name are a CAF creation. Inside the bomb bay doors are the signatures of dozens of Allied military personnel, including two Doolittle Raiders!
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