Brookings Registry | The visit of a plane of the Second World War postponed

BROOKINGS – Planners for the Raid Across South Dakota B-25 Multi-Community Flight Event have announced that the event has been postponed until further notice.

The event, scheduled for Monday through Thursday, May 9-12, is postponed due to a critical mechanical issue with the plane’s engine and an emphasis on safety. A Tuesday morning stop had been scheduled at Brookings Regional Airport.

“This is heartbreaking news,” said event producer John Mollison. “The amount of community support, energy and enthusiasm behind RAID’22 has been overwhelming. Several thousand people around the world were eagerly awaiting our eight-step journey. However, the safety of the crew and the integrity of the aircraft take precedence over all decisions. Based on the current facts, we cannot proceed as planned. »

The B-25 is owned and operated by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (MN CAF). Named “Miss Mitchell”, this B-25 is one of the most faithfully restored examples of its kind.

“These planes are strong and well-maintained, but they are mechanical objects that are subject to the same forces that can wear and break anything. The CAF’s relationship with South Dakota, RAID and the air show is like a family – it makes it all the more difficult to realize that we simply cannot make the necessary repairs in time,” said MN CAF representative Jim Lauria.

RAID’22 planners, including CAF, are focused on spreading this important news and repairing the aircraft.

“RAID is a great idea and we will work to find a way to meet what we were all looking for. In the meantime, we just need to let it be known that next week’s events need to be postponed,” Mollison said.

The RAID’22 event was to kick off the Ellsworth Air & Space Show on May 14-15. RAID stops were Sioux Falls, Brookings, Aberdeen, Chamberlain, Rosebud, Pierre and Rapid City.

The Ellsworth Air Show remains as scheduled and the public is advised that a B-25 Mitchell bomber to represent the Doolittle Raid will be at the event.

Future RAID planning as well as current Ellsworth Air Force Base Air Show information will be posted at www.ellsworthairshow.com and on social networks.

For more information, contact John Mollison, South Dakota Air & Space Museum, at 605-261-6070 or Lynn Kendall, Black Hills Military Advisory Coalition, at 605-484-7754.

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