|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Fairfax B-25 Bomber Builders Reunion was organized by Dr. Dan Desko, Founder of the B-25 History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated "To preserve and honor the history of the B-25 Mitchell bomber and the men and women who built, flew and maintain them past, present and future." Dr. Desko and a small group of historians have devoted much time and energy to researching the Mitchell's history in minute detail, assembling authoritative documentation and educating audiences both in and out of aviation circles on the B-25s flown in the past and those currently in operation. The group has formed strong connections with B-25 operators over the years, and as we will see, provided a memorable reunion for those who produced the "Arsenal of Democracy." Future plans include establishing a facility to base their own flying B-25 Mitchell.
Wednesday afternoon's festivities began with a rumble of Harley-Davidson motorcycles from around the hangar, and it was obvious who had arrived. Members of the Kansas Patriot Guard, established in 2005 by American Legion Post 136 members, were directed to park in front of the CAF Wing's hangar near the open doors and facing the apron. One of the members told The Aero Experience that they were at the Fairfax B-25 Bomber Builders Reunion to honor those who built the bombers needed by to win World War II and help in any way to make the event a success. Their presence alone was a great show of support.