B-25 Bomber to Arrive for Warbird Weekend
16th Annual CAF Event Honors Vintage Aviation
HOUSTON (Feb 19, 2018) - A freshly painted B-25 Mitchell Devil Dog, will arrive in Houston for the 16th annual Warbird Weekend April 14-15 at the West Houston Airport. Ground tours will be available, and rides can be purchased for flights Friday through Sunday, April 15.
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Houston Wing hosts the event at the CAF Houston Wing museum at the West Houston Airport. The nationally famous PB-1J Devil Dog, replica Japanese aircraft from the world famous Tora Tora Tora squadron, and a return of the Vietnam era CH-46 helicopter from the Military Museum of Texas will be on display. Houston Wing aircraft will be on display and available for rides. We will have several visiting aircraft, including: aircraft appearance subject to weather and availability.
PB-1J (B-25J) Devil Dog is one of the most recognized and famous Mitchell bombers on the airshow circuit. The aircraft has been restored to wartime configuration by an entirely volunteer group of dedicated supporters in Georgetown, Texas. The U.S. Marine Corps used B-25s – designated as “PBJs” - for night heckling, anti-shipping missions or close air support of beachheads and landings. As most of the missions were performed at low altitude, there was not much need for the glass nose/bombardier position. It was replaced with a solid nose and armed with up to 8 x .50 caliber machine guns. Nine PBJ squadrons made it overseas before the war ended in the Pacific. The Devil Dog airplane memorializes the number 3 ship of the VMB 612 squadron which was declared missing on July 27, 1945, off Hachija Jima.
For the past 16 years, Warbird Weekend (formerly called the Open House) has emerged as the most entertaining annual World War II and 1940s theme event in Houston in the spring. It is a can’t-miss experience for anyone who enjoys nostalgia, historic aircraft and military vehicles, antique cars and featuring reenactors from the 6th Cavalry in authentic uniforms with restored ground vehicles and the anti-aircraft gun mount from the Battleship Texas.Local artist Maria Thorne will perform Big Band standards from the 1940s both days. The public also will have an opportunity to meet World War II veterans and the young pilots that fly the planes during the weekend.
Warbird Weekend has become an excellent way to honor the heroes of the Greatest Generation, educate all ages about the World War II experience, and the science of aviation.
Advance tickets are available in advance for $10 per car at www.HoustonWing.org or www.facebook.com/houstonwing.caf and can be purchased for $15 at the gate. Proceeds from the event help fund operation of the CAF Houston Wing museum, as well as restoration and operation operations of their assigned aircraft.
About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, the organization has more than 12,000 members and has a fleet of more than 170 World War II aircraft.
About the CAF Houston Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Houston Wing, based in Houston, was founded in 1987. One of most active units of the Commemorative Air Force, the unit maintains and flies five World War II aircraft including the only authentic flying Lockheed C-60A Lodestar, North American AT-6, Vultee BT-13, Naval Air Factory N3N and the Fairchild PT-19. The unit, composed of over 130 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.www.houstonwing.org