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Forum staff reports, Published June 10 2011

Engine failure forces B-25 to cancel appearances in Fargo and Oakes, N.D.

FARGO – An engine failure has forced the Commemorative Air Force to cancel appearances of its World War II B-25 bomber “Miss Mitchell” at the 125th celebration in Oakes this weekend and at the Fargo Air Museum next week, said Fran Brummund, the museum’s executive director.

A CAF crew was scheduled to provide tours of “Miss Mitchell” in Oakes and give rides aboard the plane in Fargo on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The engine had been used for only 10 hours when it failed, Brummund said. Other B-25 bombers in the CAF fleet weren’t available because of prior commitments or maintenance, she said.

“It’s painful for the CAF crew, because they’re down a couple of engines,” she said. “They had a schedule, and they take it very seriously about making a commitment with the community, and they love doing it. And so they’re heartsick over the whole thing.”