Tom won me a ride on a B-17 at the Wings of Freedom Tour. Yesterday I took that ride from the old Tyler airport, and it was the most amazing experience. The plane, "9-0-9" was so stable and we flew at about 1500 feet, so the view was gorgeous on a beautiful sunny day in Texas.
Before we boarded (there were 7 of us) I mentioned that my Dad was the radio man on a B-17 during WWII. I was then escorted right to the radio man's seat. I saw the equipment he would have used, and stared out the window, thinking about what it would have been like to be in that seat during combat. It was a very emotional experience, particularly when one of the flight crew members came out and said "Your Dad is here with you."
Right above me was open sky! No plexigass or anything--just an open oval area. Needless to say, it was loud and windy--but so cool!
Melinda (Mad Dog)
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