Friday, March 20, 2009

DAV brings message to Florida International Air Show on the Wings of a B-25

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Lynn May 585-309-9100 Marvona Welsh 585-748-2428

Punta Gorda, Florida – The Disabled American Veterans will once again take to the skies to advance its message of service to disabled veterans. Now, in its seventh season, the DAV Airshow Outreach Program featuring the B-25 Mitchell Bomber of World War II notoriety appears nationwide at over 25 airshows and reaches over 2.7 million airshow spectators annually in an effort to promote the DAV’s mission of building better lives for America’s disabled veterans. The DAV is proud to announce The DAV Flight Team will be making an appearance at the upcoming Florida International Air Show on March 21-22, 2009.

The DAV Airshow Outreach Program was developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation. Using B-25 medium bombers, the program reminds the public of the sacrifices veterans have made and continue to make to keep our nation free.

The B-25 Bomber enjoys the reputation of achieving the impossible during one of America’s darkest hours in World War II. The medium size bomber was made famous by the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo which helped rally America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The B-25 went on to become the most versatile bomber of World War II, seeing combat in every theater of operation.

“When people both young and old, see the B-25, they are just in awe. While the plane is on display, they get to see the extreme conditions and how tight the quarters were for these boys who flew these into combat and became men. When they see it side by side with other aircraft, they are amazed that just 67 years ago, this was the pinnacle of aviation technology,” said DAV National Commander, Raymond E. Dempsey.

Plan now to attend the Florida International Air Show on March 21-22, 2009 to see the B-25 and the accompanying interactive display geared at providing airshow spectators an attractive, efficient experience where they can learn about the volunteer opportunities available.

For more information on the Disabled American Veterans, visit the DAV website at

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