“The historical significance of this airplane,” says Pilot Connie, “goes way beyond the pleasure of flying it.”

The Madras Maiden, as they call her now, came off the assembly line in late 1944.

She was too late joining the 381st Bomber Group in England to see combat but that’s a good thing for us because after life as a weather researcher, cargo transporter, and even an ant sprayer the Liberty Foundation took her over a couple of years back to continue an important world-wide tour.

“It’s a big, heavy airplane,” says Bowlin. “But it was built for a mission it performed very well.”

Pilot Connie Bowlin has taken this ship and the famous Memphis Belle on lots of these tours.”

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