History enthusiasts can take flight in a piece of World War II history this summer, as EAA’s North American B-25 Berlin Express will tour the country beginning on May 16-19 at the TBM Avenger Reunion in Peru, Illinois.

The current tour schedule includes:

  • Peru, Illinois – May 16-19 (TBM Avenger Reunion)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio – May 24-26 (With B-29 Doc)
  • Olathe, Kansas – June 14-16 (With B-29 Doc)
  • Rockford, Illinois – June 21-23
  • Madison, Wisconsin – June 27-30 (With EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor)
  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin – July 22-28 (EAA AirVenture)
Berlin Express powering in for a flyby with smoke generators pluming in celebration of her successful first post-restoration flight. (photo by Jim Busha)

Additional tour stops will be announced as they are finalized.

EAA’s B-25 was first accepted by the U.S. Army Air Forces in December 1943. The airplane left the factory fitted with two fixed .50-caliber machine guns and a massive 75 mm cannon. The airplane served out the war as an administrative aircraft, stationed at bases in Washington, Colorado, and California. After the war, the B-25 changed hands several times and was heavily modified for use as an executive transport. The Berlin Express name and accompanying markings come from the airplane’s appearance in the 1970 satirical war film Catch-22, based on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name.

Flight experiences aboard the Berlin Express are $475 for EAA members, and $495 for nonmembers. Once in the air, passengers are allowed to freely move about and explore the various compartments of the aircraft. Each flight experience is approximately one hour, including briefing, debriefing, and about 20 minutes of flight time.

More information on the Berlin Express, along with links to buy tickets, can be found at FlyTheB25.org.

About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 290,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.