We're actually in the nose of the B-17 Flying Fortress.
Behind me this is where the pilots would sit, down
here is the compartment where the bombadier would
It's a pretty tight space but this whole plane could
pack about 10 people.
This weekend you'll have the option of taking one
of these up in the air or you can do a tour on the
IT'S UNIQUE SHAPE AND SOUND AS IT FLIES OVERHEAD IS
BUT UP CLOSE THE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS IS EVEN MORE
THIS B-17 IS PAINTED TO LOOK LIKE THE WORLD WAR II
LEGENDARY BOMBER THE MEMPHIS BELLE.
IT'S PURPOSE NOW TO SERVE AS AN LIVING MUSEUM AND
REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICE MADE BY AMERICANS DURING
AMERICANS LIKE 90 YEAR OLD MIKE KINDYA.
We came back with 93 holes in the airplane,
KINDYA FLEW 25 MISSIONS OVER EUROPE WITH THE 548 BOMB
HE RECALLED AN EIGHT HOUR MISSION OVER MEERSBURG,
GERMANY WHERE TEMPS WERE MINUS 40 AND FLACK EXPLODED
ALL AROUND THEM.
It's like a tin can and you could hear the holes coming
LOOKING AT THE B-17 TODAY, THE SAME ONE USED IN THE
MOVE MEMPHIS BELLE, KINDYA SAYS IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES,
SOME GOOD SOME BAD.
January, 1945 we saw the first jets,
ONLY A HANDFUL OF B-17 AIRFRAMES REMAIN.
We built 12,780 some odd B-17 and over 4 thousand
of them went down in combat,
MECHANICAL ISSUES KEPT THE FLYING FORTRESS AND KINDYA
BUT HE RECALLED HIS LAST MISSION IN A B-17.
FLYING 200 FT OVER HOLLAND, DROPPING FOOD NOT BOMBS.
And they had signs out on the ground, 'Thank you Yanks.
Job well done,'
Old sound of a radial engine and the shakes and rattles
when it fires up,
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Reporting at Felts Field, Aaron Luna KXLY 4 News.