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Experience what it was like to be a WWII US Army Air Forces B-25 Flight Crew member by booking a flight on the historic “Yellow Rose”! This plane is the same type of aircraft used by the legendary Doolittle Raiders to bomb Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Tickets are normally $450 per person, but are discounted to $425 for Spirit of 45 Day. When you purchase a flight all passengers are encouraged, if able, to rotate and experience each position on the aircraft including the Tail Gunner and Bombardier positions.

  • There is room for seven passengers per flight (min 5 to fly), and all must be 12 years of age or older. Minors must have a permission slip signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Passengers must weigh less than 300 pounds, be able to physically fit through the aircraft hatch and move about the cabin.
  • The flight duration is approximately thirty minutes.
  • Although special accommodations can be made to assist elderly passengers, all passengers must be able to exit the aircraft unassisted.

To reserve a seat for August 15, 2015 on the Yellow Rose CLICK HERE or from more information about the history flight call (512) 910-5223.

More About The Yellow Rose

1Airsho_Yellow_Rose-6965_Zeitler_700_470_90After four years of restoration, the Yellow Rose was lovingly restored to WWII condition by members of the Central Texas Wing and donated to the CAF in 1981. Literally thousands of man hours were donated over the four year period by the members of the Yellow Rose Squadron in order to bring the Rose back into full operational readiness. The restoration project met numerous problems including the lack of parts and, of course, lack of funds.

080531-F-2907C-057With the help of dedicated aviation enthusiasts throughout the state of Texas and the skill of volunteer craftsmen, the plane was again ready to fly. The airplane now visits an average of 25 cities and towns across the United States each year as a patriotic and education exhibit dedicated to those who gave their all for world freedom during WWII.

The Yellow Rose is a flying museum. You can go through the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. and see in awe, inspiring display of aircraft. However, the majority of people never get the opportunity to do that. The Central Texas Wing flies its museum piece to the people, and that’s quite a feat considering the airplane is over 70 years old.

0510017_4If seeing this magnificent warbird isn’t enough, people can lay their hand on the rivets that keep her together. You can crawl through the Rose, touch it, smell the hydraulic fluid, and get greasy from those big radial engines.

Since the two 1,700 horsepower engines burn approximately 150 gallons of fuel per hour, costs run high for the Central Texas Wing. Staffed entirely by volunteers, financing is accomplished mainly through donations, tours of the aircraft, and the sale of memorabilia. These monies help to offset the high operational cost.

Yellow-Rose-4-XLAs a non-profit, tax exempt organization, the CAF must rely on the communities that the Rose visits as the legacy of this historic aircraft endures. “We are very careful with every penny,” said Jack Hart, a Central Texas Wing member. “Everyone on the crew is a volunteer, and each member pays his or her own expenses. However, we never turn down outside donations.”

The North American B-25J Mitchell “Yellow Rose” is one of the over 11,000 B-25s built during WWII. There are only twenty-seven restored and flying in the United States at this time. Colonel Kelly Klaus, the Executive Officer of the Central Texas Wing estimates that there may be 35 B-25s in any condition, worldwide.