BURLINGTON, NC – A piece of US history and a man who lived it had a special reunion in Burlington this week.
Joseph Hunter saw and rode plenty of bomber aircraft while serving in WWII, but on Monday he experienced these planes in a very different way.
WWII Paratrooper, Bomber Have Special Reunion
Three WWII planes are on display at the Burlington Airport all thanks to the Wings of Freedom Tour. It gives veterans like Hunter a chance to tour and even fly a B-17, B-24, or a P-51.
Hunter has always had a special connection with the B-17 because he has never flown in one until now.
“I was close to them, but I never got into one of them,” explained Hunter. “This will be the first time I flew in a B-17 and I'm looking forward to it.”
Then the moment came as Hunter stepped onto the plane ready to enjoy the ride of a lifetime.
“I never realized it would be that good, but it was wonderful,” said Hunter. He says compared to the planes he used to jump out of, the B-17 is like a Cadillac.
Now the 92-year-old has something to check off his bucket list and a memory to last a lifetime.
The B-17 Hunter rode is one of only 8 still flying in the United States.
Hunter was stationed at Fort Bliss and served as a paratrooper after being drafted in 1943.
You can visit these planes at the Burlington Airport until Wednesday.
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