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History takes flight in Bloomington with B-25 bomber

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - History is taking flight in Bloomington with the guest appearance of a B-25 bomber built in 1943.

The historic combat veteran aircraft arrived Friday at the Central Illinois Regional Airport as a guest of the Prairie Aviation Museum.

Inspired by the Rosie the Riveter campaign, 'Rosie's Reply' was used back in the 1940s as a medium bomber during World War II.

According to crew member Jerry Lester, this particular aircraft is called a medium bomber because U.S. soldiers flew at mid-levels during their bombing runs.

"Our philosophy is we have to keep history flying. We want to make sure we continue honoring the men and women that served, and these airplanes are just one way to do it."

-Jerry Lester / B-25 Public Relations & Crew Member

The museum is now offering 25 minute Air Adventure rides with tickets selling for about $425 per person, and around six passengers per flight. Organizers tell 25 News the funds will help keep these historic aircrafts expertly maintained.

'Rosie's Reply' will stay in Bloomington Friday through Saturday afternoon.

Deanna Cantu

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