Sunday, July 15, 2012

WWII Veteran Gets His Wish

A wonderful story from The Wichita Eagle about a WWII mechanic who finally got to fly on one of the aircraft he worked on during the war. We live about a mile from the airport and hear it fly over this morning.

At age 92, Bob Spatz had one just one unfulfilled wish.
He wanted to ride in a B-29 bomber like the ones he worked on as a mechanic during World War II.
Although he hasn’t quite reach that goal yet, Spatz came close Saturday when he took a 30-minute ride above Wichita in a WWII-era B-24, which his relatives said was the closest available aircraft that provides rides to members of the public.

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The rest of the story is here.

The plane departs Wichita Sunday evening with my neighbor's chimney in the foreground.

1 comment:

  1. That is a B-17 with the curved tail like this. B-24 had dual tails. My Dad's friend purchased a B-17 that was used in "Memphis Belle" and now sits fully restored at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. It was donated after Mr. Richardson's death. I never got to fly in it and I am forever bitter about the fact :-)

    Great story.


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