Vets Take Flight in 1940s B-25 Bomber

By Stephanie Parkinson

August 31, 2012 Updated Aug 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Almost 70 years later a war plane finds a new purpose. This year at the Fort Wayne Air Show volunteers from the Disabled American veterans are taking vets up in a B25 bomber.

The plane is an Army Air Corps bomber from the 1940s. Back then it was used in combat during World War II but now it has a new mission.

"They served us and we can attribute a lot of our freedom because of what they did for us,” said Lynn May, volunteer, DAV.

The Disabled American Veterans is a volunteer organization that gives vets the chance to go back up in the aircrafts they once flew in combat. In a flight on Friday in Fort Wayne there were two men who both served in WWII.

"It’s a great experience to be back in it, just to sit in it, it’s thrilling,” said Donald Wolfe, veteran.

The B25 is well-know for the Doolittle Raid on Japan in 1942. The military made 11,000 of these aircrafts back in the 40s.Today about 30 of those are still in flight.

"This was the pinnacle of aviation back then so to know there are only 30 of these flying, it’s a pretty neat thing to see,” said May.

The flight team on this B-25 has taken so many veterans up and they all talk about how each one has a different and incredible story to tell.

"It’s one way to keep the history alive. It’s so important to know where we came from so we know where to go and this plane helps keep that history alive,” said May.

This aircraft will be on display all weekend for people to come and check out as thousands flock to Fort Wayne for the air show.

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