Veteran recalls his time with WWII Bombers at tour
This week the Commemorative Air Force will have several World War II aircraft available for people to get an up close and personal look. It's a unique opportunity to take a step back in time at the Wilson Air Center in Chattanooga.
The AirPower History Tour offers rides and tours for aircraft like the B-29 Superfortress and the B-24 Liberator.
For Veteran John Dunbar, the sights of these bombers brought back memories from more than 60 years ago. As a mechanic for the U.S. Army, he said he worked on a similar aircraft.
"That B-25 is what I learned to run up and taxi in," Dunbar said. "That was my first one."
An opportunity to revisit history is just one of the many reasons Tour Leader Don Baccaccio said these tours are so special.
"You cannot see these airplanes running anywhere else," Boccaccio said. "You cannot go to a museum and see these run and fly so we bring it to the people and that's the mission of the CAF, to keep this history alive."
The B-29 Superfortress was built in 1945 and used in the Pacific, with missions over Japan. He said this aircraft helped bring an end to World War II. As for the B-24 Liberator, Bocaccio said it was used exclusively in Europe.
"Mostly it was used to hunt submarines in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean in low levels, plus it was a heavy bomber," Boccaccio said.
The tour has several other aircrafts such as the Boeing P-T 13 Stearman, which Channel 3 had an opportunity to tour.
Tours will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The B-29 and B-24 aircraft will take flight on Saturday.
The public has the opportunity to take a flight if you book ahead of time.
For more information, you can visit the AirPower History Tour website.