WW2 veterans get chance to revisit the skies in B-17 bomber

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Three veterans had the chance to once again fly on a World-War II area bomber at the Dane County Regional Airport Thursday.

Local WWII veterans revisited the skies Thursday on a B-17 bomber.

The three Army Air Corps veteran, 97 to 98 years old, got to ride along in a B-17 bomber across the Madison skies.

"We didn't get any big parades. We just went home and it's like you erased it from your mind," veteran Gene Kleindl said.

Kleindl served in the army. He volunteered to go into the war when he was 20 years old. He parachuted out of a plane onto the beaches of Normandy, and helped save many lives.

When asked about how he felt flying in the B-17, Kleindl said he was honored and is happy people are appreciating WWII veterans for their service.

He says, "People want to hear your story and all of that. So, it's good"

The EAA Chapter 93 partnered with VetsRoll to organize the event.
The veteran’s families also had the chance to ride along.

Veterans will be up in the skies again in the vintage bomber until Sunday July 21. The public is invited to come and check out the historic plane.


Local WWII veterans revisited the skies Thursday on a B-17 bomber.