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Flying Heritage Collection's B-25J to fly at Paine Field after 12-year restoration

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By Michelle Dunlop
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  • The bombardier position at the nose of the B-25J in the Flying Heritage Collection is so complete, there is even a Bombsight Equipment Data Book (lowe...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    The bombardier position at the nose of the B-25J in the Flying Heritage Collection is so complete, there is even a Bombsight Equipment Data Book (lower right).

  • The B-25J at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett is equipped with every possible accessory and the WWII bomber is in mint conditi...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    The B-25J at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett is equipped with every possible accessory and the WWII bomber is in mint condition.

  • The bomb bay in the Flying Heritage Collection's B-25J, with all the bomb connectors and electronic release apparatus, appears flawless.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    The bomb bay in the Flying Heritage Collection's B-25J, with all the bomb connectors and electronic release apparatus, appears flawless.

  • From inside the B-25J, aircraft mechanics can be seen working on another vintage aircraft through a machine gunner's side window.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    From inside the B-25J, aircraft mechanics can be seen working on another vintage aircraft through a machine gunner's side window.

The Flying Heritage Collection will debut its B-25J bomber Saturday at its Fly Days event at Paine Field.
The aviation-themed tourist attraction recently brought the World War II aircraft to its Everett location, 3407 109th St. SW. The B-25 has undergone a 12-year restoration to return the aircraft's exterior and interior to their original condition.
"Everything has been restored to perfection, just as it was when it was built in 1944," said Adrian Hunt, director of the Flying Heritage Collection. "It's accurate right down to its cup holders and working bomb bay mechanisms."
The B-25J will fly from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday during one of the Flying Heritage Collection's free aerial exhibitions. It's the bomber's first appearance at Fly Day event. A P-51 Mustang fighter also will fly on Saturday. A B-25 also flew during the Arlington Fly-In last week.
The B-25J is a twin-engine medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. Bombers like it were used in a range of roles by allied air forces during World War II. Every aspect of this aircraft has been fully restored to its original World War II condition, from the engines down to the gun and bomb sights and the paint job.
This particular aircraft served for a time in the U.S. Army Air Forces, Air Transport Command, Air Material Command, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. At one point, it was outfitted to serve as a fire-fighting tanker used to quell forest fires in Canada.
However, the B-25J has been painted in the wartime colors of the 490th Squadron "Burma Bridge Busters" to honor Arnold Spielberg, father of film director Steven Spielberg and all other veterans of the China and Burma operations during World War II. Flying Heritage Collection's owner Paul Allen is friends with the younger Spielberg, Hunt said. "We hope to have Arnold up here at some point to see the plane," he said.
Freelance writer John Wolcott contributed to this story.


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