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Vintage Bombers Make Modesto Appearance

A B-25 bomber and another World War II-era airplane are due to circle Modesto on Friday morning, giving people a preview of attractions at the 10th annual Modesto Airport Appreciation Day.

The B-25, named “Old Glory,” is scheduled to arrive at about 9:30 a.m., escorted by a World War II-era trainer, a Harvard T-6 Canadian piloted by Modesto businessman Don Monaco. A second B-25, “Heavenly Body,” is expected to come in Saturday morning.

Both bombers are due to be on display with other vintage military aircraft during Saturday´s Appreciation Day.

The program lists aerobatic shows and a radio-controlled airplane show.

Law enforcement and firefighting displays are planned on the ground, along with entertainment, classic cars, food booths and other vendors.

The event is sponsored by the Stanislaus County Sheriff´s Aero Squadron, the Central Valley Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force and the Modesto Pilots Association.

Appreciation Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the general aviation side of the airport, off Tioga Drive. From Mitchell Road, take Tenaya Drive west to Tioga and turn south. Admission is $3 per adult, with children 12 and younger admitted free with paying adults. Parking is $2.