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B-25 Tour Shifts Operations to Summer, Fall 2022
March 24, 2022 – EAA’s B-25 Berlin Express is moving its tour operations to later this year, with training flights coming in June and a schedule of public appearances and flights in summer and fall 2022.
“As we prepared for spring tour stops, pre-bookings did not meet the levels needed to meet the increasing costs associated with flying the B-25, both to the stops and in support of a multi-stop tour,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, who administers EAA’s flight experience operations. “We are going to re-set our schedule to provide opportunities for the public to see this flying history up close in a number of communities later this year.”
Full refunds will be made to those who have already pre-booked flights in the aircraft. The tour was scheduled to begin next month in Tallahassee, Florida, and continue through April and May in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The B-25 will also not be present at previously scheduled joint appearances with the B-29 Doc that were earlier set for April and May. Doc is still scheduled to visit those cities as previously announced on the joint tour.
“We understand EAA’s decision and look forward to have Berlin Express join us for joint tour stops later this year,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director and general manager. “Meanwhile, B-29 Doc is still on schedule to be at Tallahassee and SUN ‘n FUN in Florida, followed by our planned tour stop in Monroe, Louisiana.”
The B-25 will be present at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and will fly passengers during AirVenture week on July 25-31.
The aircraft was fully restored and brought back to flight status in April 2019. It has made a number of public appearances and offered passenger flights since that time. Prior to beginning its current role, the aircraft had a varied and interesting life, including a featured appearance in the 1970 film Catch 22.