NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – Not long after the Wings of Freedom Tour landed at Capital City Airport, the stories started flowing.
“Brings back old memories. It is always with you,” Ray F. Souders Jr. of New Cumberland said.
Souders, 93, flew 26 missions in a B-24 bomber as a flight engineer. He brought a picture of the crew he served with in World War II. He can tell you all of their names and where they are from. He is the only man in this picture still living.
“We were like a family,” he said.
The B-17 bomber is what WWII veteran Mack McCauley came to see.
“It brings back a lot of memories. I was in love with this airplane,” he said.
The 91-year-old can still remember watching the planes land after missions.
“Unbelievable what this airplane could do. I have seen them land with two engines and no tail and I have seen them bring them in with no wheels,” McCauley said. “When they landed, it was always a race between the medics and the fire department to get to the airplane and we always let the medics go first because a lot of the guys in the plane needed them.”
The Wings of Freedom Tour includes a B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, and a P-51 Mustang.
WII veterans can tour the aircraft at no cost. Children under 12 are $6 and adults are $12. The tour will be at Capital City Airport until October 7. They take off at noon.