(SALINA, Kan.) — "I think I could just take off in it myself."
Eighty-six year-old Al Murphy is pretty confident he could fly the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress on display in Salina this week. It wouldn't be his first time. He went on 35 misssions in one as a first pilot in World War II.
"We bailed once in Yugoslavia and I was MIA for ten days."
When he heard the Wings of Freedom was bringing a B-17 to town, he jumped at the chance to fly once again.
"I think it's exciting to hear the roar of the engines reliving the old days."
A crowd watched and took pictures as the impressive planes came in. Murphy and two other veterans got in and climbed 1,000 feet above Salina as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour.