WWII veterans tour B-25 in Paducah

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – In the 1940s the Mitchell Bomber B-25 plane was used in WWII.

Friday in Paducah, Kentucky, Honor Flight Bluegrass brought the bomber to the Barkley Regional Airport, with the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund stepping up to sponsor flights, allowing 10 WWII veterans the chance to fly again.

“Always amazing to kind of see how they made it, how they engineered it back then. How it’s still flying almost eighty years. it’s truly amazing,” said Sam Cogan, crew member of the B-25 Bomber.

Only WWII veterans were allowed to go inside the plane. One of those veterans was T. Corporal Ted Curtis who served in the 37th field Artillery Battalion 2nd Division Army.

“I enjoy memorabilia from the wars, just things to see that most people haven’t, and you get to see the old stuff,” said T. Corporal Curtis.

Only a handful of these aircrafts are still active in the U.S.

“You can see all the jets you want, but not like that one,” Curtis said.

Last year, a total of 15 veterans were able to ride in the air craft.

“I’ve been on a couple airshows and rides and every time is something new,” Cogan said.

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