WWII flying museum comes to Grayson County

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX - A high flying museum landed in Grayson County today.The "Wings of Freedom" tour lets people see WW2 planes up close and inside. Today Jalah Gray talked with a few local veterans who came to see the planes they flew in many years ago.

"Any of the WW2 planes that are restored it kind of hits ya right here." said WW2 veteran, B.J. Long.

"It's been 67 years since I've flown this plane." said WW2 veteran, Stanley Ward.

Stanley Ward, remembers the many missions he flew in the B-17.

"This is a 4 engine bomber, used heavily in WW2 in the European theatre. We would put our hands up on the top of the door, and then swing up with our feet first and then land and pull ourselves on in with our arms." Ward said.

"It's amazing, I didn't believe I'd ever see that many airplanes up in the air." said WW2 veteran, Ted Nurre.

Ted Nurre was a tail gunner in the B-17. He remembers how lucky he was to make it out alive.

"Makes me think about it, my particular crew had no casualties and no wounded people." said Nurre.

I'm underneath one of the back wings of the B-17s the Flying Fortress, this small opening, this hatch right here is an opening that the tail gunners would climb into to get into their positions to fly missions sometimes up to 10 hours long, where they had just inches of head room, and they actually had to wear their parachutes strapped to the fronts of their bodies.

Wings of Freedom brings the Boeing B-17, B-24 Liberator, and the P-51 Mustang back to life.
This gives the public a chance to see and actually touch wartime aviation history, and for a fee, you can even go for a ride.
But most of the veterans say they've been there and done that.

"No last time I rode it they paid me to ride it." said Nurre.

If you want to go up in one of these planes Wings of Freedom will be at the North Texas Regional Airport through Friday.

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