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Chris0382
08-20-2007, 07:03 PM
http://www.wfsb.com/news/13933819/detail.html

I may take a trip out ther.

WATERBURY, Conn. -- Former pilots exchanged stories of their experiences in bombers like the B-17 Monday at a an exhibition of the Experimental Aviation Association.

The association brought a B-17 to the Waterbury Oxford Airport, and with it came history and aviation buffs alike.

"It's very emotional," said Jeff Martin, of Southbury. "A lot of pilots and bombardiers and these fellas -- they haven't seen the airplane in years, and when they come and see the airplane, they just about break down."

During the war, B-17s would take off from bases primarily in the U.K. and fly bombing raids across Europe. Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Dan Kain reported that with young pilots and crews, mostly in their 20s, it wasn't unusual for half of the planes to be hit by enemy fire.

"Anybody who has been with the service remembers it ... and we've had a lot of experiences -- good and bad -- and we remember it well," said Ed Canner, of Marlbehead, Mass. "It's always on my mind. Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of something that happened in the '40s."

The plane will be at the Waterbury Oxford Airport for the next two days, and both tours and flights will be offered to visitors.

For information about prices and times, call 1-920-371-2244.

Chris0382
08-20-2007, 07:03 PM
http://www.wfsb.com/news/13933819/detail.html

I may take a trip out ther.

WATERBURY, Conn. -- Former pilots exchanged stories of their experiences in bombers like the B-17 Monday at a an exhibition of the Experimental Aviation Association.

The association brought a B-17 to the Waterbury Oxford Airport, and with it came history and aviation buffs alike.

"It's very emotional," said Jeff Martin, of Southbury. "A lot of pilots and bombardiers and these fellas -- they haven't seen the airplane in years, and when they come and see the airplane, they just about break down."

During the war, B-17s would take off from bases primarily in the U.K. and fly bombing raids across Europe. Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Dan Kain reported that with young pilots and crews, mostly in their 20s, it wasn't unusual for half of the planes to be hit by enemy fire.

"Anybody who has been with the service remembers it ... and we've had a lot of experiences -- good and bad -- and we remember it well," said Ed Canner, of Marlbehead, Mass. "It's always on my mind. Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of something that happened in the '40s."

The plane will be at the Waterbury Oxford Airport for the next two days, and both tours and flights will be offered to visitors.

For information about prices and times, call 1-920-371-2244.

Choctaw111
08-20-2007, 07:08 PM
That may be the same B-17 that was just here in Coatesville, PA that one of my Physical Therapy buddies was telling me about. He is an old Marine who used to fly in B-25's. The B25, B17 and B24 were all together in Coatesville just a couple days ago...and I missed it! Since he flew in the 25 they let him in for free http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

woofiedog
08-21-2007, 10:24 AM
Thank's for the info... will try and make the trip down. Mint! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif