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WWII warbirds to take to Sanford skies this weekend

Posted May 11

Here's something a little bit different to do with mom this weekend ...

Three World War II aircraft will be at the Raleigh Executive Jetport, FBO ramp, 700 Rod Sullivan Rd., in Sanford, this Friday through Sunday.

According to a press release, the Minnesota Wing and the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will bring a B-25, “Miss Mitchell;" a P-51, “Red Nose;" and an SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber for aviation fans to see. You also can take a ride on one of these airplanes ... but don't get too excited. The minimum price for a 25-minute ride on just one of the models is $450 and the price goes way up.

With that said, it's free to see the planes. They'll be at the airport from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The Commemorative Air Force's website has the details about this weekend's activities.

“We have never had the opportunity to bring our airplanes to Raleigh and it will be an honor to show the local veterans and residents our historic warbirds throughout the weekend,” said Amy Lauria, CAF Public Information Officer, in a press release. “This is part of a five-stop tour to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid over Japan, and it is a rare opportunity for people to ride in three historic WWII aircraft.”

Our Weekend Plans post has more weekend activities for families.

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