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Updated: 03/29/2014 08:00:02AM

See the flying ‘dinosaur’

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SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
An aerial view of Charlotte Harbor from the tail of "Panchito," a World War II-era B-25 bomber on display this weekend at the 34th Annual Florida International Air Show in Punta Gorda. (Yep, that's this reporter white-knuckling it while peeking out an open section of the plane.) For a fee, visitors to the air show can ride aboard "Panchito" and experience what it was like for young soldiers to ride inside the belly of a bomber.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

"Panchito," a World War II-era B-25 bomber, is on display this weekend at the air show. The twin-engine beauty was restored and marked by pilot and historic preservationist Larry Kelley, to represent the original "Panchito" flown by combat pilot Don Seiler.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — If you can imagine planes as creatures, each with its own distinct personality and temperament, the B-25 Mitchell bomber might be considered a sleeping dinosaur.

At least that’s how pilot Syd Jones describes the hulking “Panchito,” one of two vintage B-25 bombers on display this weekend at the 34th Annual Florida International Show at the Punta Gorda Airport.

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