I Wanna Fly a War­bird

Flight Journal - - AIRDROP - Joseph Glosek, Prescott, AZ

The story “So You Wanna Fly a War­bird” (Au­gust 2018) brought back mem­o­ries of watch­ing “Witchcraft” and “Nine O Nine” (B-17) taxi by a few years ago when the Collings Foun­da­tion tour ar­rived at Fal­con Field in Mesa, Ari­zona. I could feel my heart pound­ing as if in uni­son with the rum­ble of the big ra­di­als. I felt the ground move, and my ears were treated to a sound that would be all too fa­mil­iar to an aging pop­u­la­tion in Eng­land who saw and heard what I was hear­ing but a thou­sand-fold over. What re­ally moved me and what I will never for­get, how­ever, was the squeal­ing of their brakes as they passed by on their way down the tar­mac. I tried to imag­ine hun­dreds of B-17s and B-24s with their brakes squeal­ing, inch­ing their way to the run­way and their in­di­vid­ual des­tinies.

These planes are liv­ing tributes to those that lived, fought, and sadly died in the name of free­dom. Thank you, Collings Foun­da­tion and all the other [or­ga­ni­za­tions] for keep­ing their mem­ory alive each time the en­gines fire up and the [planes] take to the skies. [Those men] truly are the “great­est gen­er­a­tion.” You’re preach­ing to the choir on that one, Joe. We all feel the same way.—BD

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