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Riding in WWII bomber offers taste of history

Reporter Madeleine Leroux takes in the view from a World War II bomber — a Consolidated B-24J Liberator — Monday as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.

Reporter Madeleine Leroux takes in the view from a World War II bomber — a Consolidated B-24J Liberator — Monday as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

I can now say, proudly, I have flown in a World War II bomber.

As part of the Wings of Freedom Tour on Monday, members of the media got to fly with a pair of WWII veterans in a Consolidated B-24J Liberator.

As we waited on the runway to board, I was more excited than nervous — until one 88-year-old veteran took my hand and said he was ready for one more crash. I told him I wasn’t ready for my first one.

Entering the bomber itself wasn’t exactly easy, especially in high-heeled shoes, a decision I regret in retrospect. Entering in the belly of the aircraft, you have to duck below the side panels and climb through the bomb bay.

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