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B-24 Airplane from WWII in Minot

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Tomorrow marks the Fourth of July and what better way to celebrate our freedom than by seeing first hand what American soldiers went through to keep it?

Emily Medalen takes us into a B-24 Bomber with the story.

70 years ago, our country was a part of the most widespread war in history - World War II.

Today, an airplane model that played a major role in helping Americans in the war is touring the country to give citizens a deeper look into what our soldiers experienced.

This week's stop: North Dakota.

(Jim Harley, B-24 Pilot) "The B-24 was a second generation of 4 engine bombers. The B-17 was designed in 1935, and this came along around 1940. And it had a lot of innovations, it was faster than the B-17, carried more bombs, more gas, and it was the most produced American airplane ever."

18,000 of these B-24 models were produced during this time .

Only 13 are known to exist today, and this is the only one of those 13 that still flies.

(Jim Harley, B-24 Pilot) "You know, this airplane saw combat. It was in the royal air force during World War II. In August of '44 it went into service in India. And it's a national treasure and it is an honor to be able to fly this."

Harley says that taking care of a 70 year old airplane is nothing his crew takes for granted, and that they plan on keeping it running for many years to come.

(Jim Harley, B-24 Pilot) "It's nothing that we take lightly, and we take very good care of it, it's better than factory new the way we maintain it, and run it, and fly it. So it's all our baby, and we all take care of it."

So, this plane that protected our country more than half a decade ago, flew 10 passengers around Minot to enjoy the beauty of our free country from the same view as those that fought for it.

In Minot, Emily Medalen, KX News.

The Collings Foundation tour will continue in Fargo today, and will be there until Monday morning.

 

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