KANSAS CITY, MO – More than 6,600 B-25s were produced at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City, Kansas during World War II. On Saturday, June 14, one of those planes will make a return trip to the metro for Jackson County’s Flag Day Salute to Veterans.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Flag Day than by honoring our Veterans,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.
The B-25 “Axis Nightmare,” from the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Cincinnati, was built in the Fairfax District in 1945. Its return trip to Kansas City for the Veterans celebration is being paid for with private donations.
Mary Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will be attending the ceremony. She’ll speak on the role of the B-25 in our nation’s defense.
During the war, the North American Aviation plant employed more than 50,000 people. Ray Hawks and Emma Newland, who helped build B-25s at the plant, will be on hand to see what the plane looks like today. Each B-25 featured 165,000 moving parts and 150,000 rivets.
As part of the celebration, everyone is invited to enjoy FREE admission to the National Airline History Museum.
The Salute to Veterans will include breakfast for Vets and some will fly over Kansas City in the historic B-25 “Axis Nightmare.”
In celebration of Flag Day, worn-out flags can be dropped off (9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at a flag repository designed by Blue Springs Eagle Scout Matt Barris.
National Airline History Museum (201 NW Lou Holland Dr., Kansas City, Mo)
June 14 – Jackson County’s Flag Day Salute to Veterans9:00 a.m. - Veterans' Breakfast9:00 a.m. – B-25 Arrives from Cincinnati9:30 a.m. – Ceremony10:00 a.m. - Flights for Veterans