Blast from the Past

The Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, WI, owns a B-17 in flying condition. Every so often it makes its way down here, and I took the family to see it back in May.

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People who own antique vehicles usually put in an appearance during ground tours. This old Ford truck made for a fun bit of anachronism; trucks like this weren’t in production until the 1950s, by which time the B-17 was no longer in service, at least not for its original mission.

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Here’s a more complete view of the bird from 6 years ago, when my older son was still in utero.

My great-uncle was a waist gunner on B-17s with the Fifteenth Air Force. While he didn’t fly this particular plane, it is a tangible contact with the history that Uncle Pete made, and I’m grateful that my children got to climb through it.

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