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KINGSTON For Roy Brown, Monday afternoon flight over the city in Sentimental Journey, a restored Boeing B 17G Flying Fortress, was a trip back in time.
Absolutely exhilarated, Brown said after the short flight.
threw the bucket list out after this. Don need it now, Journey, flown by the Commemorative Air Force from Airbase Arizona, touched down at Norman Rogers Airport Monday for a week long series of tours and flights.
Brown came to Kingston from Scotland in 1943 to fly Harvards as a trainee pilot with the Royal Navy fleet air arm.
After training he was stationed to the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious in the Pacific and flew a Corsair fighter plane.
While a single seat Corsair and a B 17 have little in common, being aboard a Second World War warplane Monday was a trip back in time for Brown.
took me back to the years when I learned to fly in he said. made me feel young again, and at my age anything that makes me feel young again is good. said he remembered the last time a B 17 landed at the Kingston airport.
interesting thing for me coming back to see a B 17 come in, one came in 1944, he said. was either mechanical failure or weather, but it touched down here and spent the night. I remember the crew were quite excited because they were qualifying for the overseas medal. sparingly by Britain and Canada during the war, history will remember the B 17 heavy bomber as the workhorse of the United States Army Air Force daylight bombing campaign over Europe during the Second World War.
With a crew of 10 and armed with up to 13 50 calibre machine guns, the B 17 could carry more than 4,350 kilograms of bombs.
Of the 1.5 million tonnes of bombs dropped on Germany and the occupied countries during the war, 640,000 tonnes were carried by B 17s.
Only the Royal Air Force Avro Lancaster dropped more bombs during the war in Europe.
For veteran Clarke Macready, who served during the Second World War as a fighter direction officer, controlling the takeoffs and landings of aircraft from an aircraft carrier, the flight on Sentimental Journey was a reminder of how complex airplanes can be.
forget how many bits an pieces and moving parts there were in these old airplanes. It amazing, Macready said.
By war end, a decade after the B 17 prototype first flew, almost 13,000 B 17s had been built.
The B 17G Sentimental Journey flew only a handful of reconnaissance missions before the war in Europe ended.
After the end of the war most of the B 17s were scrapped but some small numbers continued to serve in military and civilian roles in countries around the world.
Sentimental Journey is to be at the airport and open for tours during the daytime. The aircraft is to be available for flights starting Friday.