B-29 and other historic aircraft to visit Bradenton-Sarasota

February 22, 2014 

B-29, historic

aircraft to visit SRQ airport

MANATEE -- Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will host several historic aircraft Feb. 27-March 2, including a B-29 Superfortress, a Curtis SB2C Helldiver, a C-45 Expediter "Bucket of Bolts," a PT-17 Stearman, and a Model 4 Stearman Speedmail.

The B-29, first flown in 1942, went into service in 1944, It is best known for its missions over Japan, including two atomic bomb attacks.

The aircraft, all part of the Commemorative Air Force AirPower Tour, will be on display and offering rides throughout the stop.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29 and purchase rides on all of the visiting aircraft.

The cost of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children over 10 and under age 18. Children younger than 10 are admitted free.

Ride prices range from $65 to $1,195. Ride reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org.

The planes will be based at Rectrix Aviation, 1234 Clyde Jones Road.

Harvest UMC to donate $17K, host meal packaging party

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Harvest United Methodist Church will donate $17,227 -- half of its 2013 Christmas Eve offering -- to Stop Hunger Now on Sunday at an interactive meal packaging party at the church.

Harvest expects almost 40,000 meals will be packed to support Stop Hunger Now's worldwide work, which includes ongoing hunger relief operations in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan.

Harvest invites the community to join the more than 100 expected church members for the meal packaging party from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Participants can register to serve at the event at http://events.stophungernow.org/HarvestUMC.

Harvest is located at 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch.More than 250,000 volunteers have packaged meals through Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program. The parties are fun, hands-on mission projects suitable for all ages. Their assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly and has a shelf-life of two years.

-- Herald staff report

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