COLUMBIA (WACH)--Tylerâ??s Travel Log: Walking INSIDE flying history
The B-25 was one of the legendary bombers of World War II, and saw action until around 1979. The bomber, which typically carried a crew of six was one of the most frequent planes seen in the Columbia sky during the war.
The B-25 was also the type of plane flown by Lt. Col. Doolittle in his famous raid over Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Local historians are quick to point out that much of the training for that famous mission also took place here in Columbia.
The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation , based at Owens field, has made it their mission to restore the B-25 that crashed in Lake Greenwood on D-Day. The plane itself sat on the bottom of the lake for many years before being brought up in 1983. Since then restoring the plane has been a labor of love by many in the Foundation.
When you walk up to this giant flying machine, tail number 02344, the rich history of not only this specific plane, but that of the brave men who flew them over the European skiesâ?|Many of them flew them until the end, making the ultimate Sacrifice for our freedom.
The Aviation Foundation is hoping that aviators, history buffs, and dance enthusiasts will join them Saturday night at Owens Field for a â??USO style hanger dance.â?? The event will take place in the Foundationâ??s hanger, and feature The Dick Goodwin Big Band, a BBQ dinner, and many military veterans.
The requested donation of $25 for a single or $45 for a couple will go directly to the mission of restoring the B-25 to itâ??s original state to give the community a hands-on history lesson from the inside.
HERE is more information on the event and the Foundation.