Evansville Wartime Museum celebrating Warbird Event with 4 vintage planes
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Wartime Museum celebrated another Warbird Event with the arrival of four vintage planes.
Museum officials say that a B-29 Super-fortress, a B-24 Liberator, a P-T-17 Boeing Stearman and President Eisenhower’s 1955 twin-engine Air Force One arrived at the museum on Petersburg Road.
They say the Air Force One plane was actually the first and smallest plane to ever be used as Air Force One.
Chairperson for Events Committee Dona Bone says these planes were important in the war effort.
”We’re all about the history of Evansville’s contribution to the war effort throughout the years and these four planes played a big role in that,” Bone said. “Big chunks of history and we’re glad that the folks here in Evansville will have a chance to come out here and check them all out.”
The community gathered at the museum on Thursday to see a piece of history. Some purchased tickets to take a ride in one of the planes, but most just stood by to watch the warbirds take off.
Curt Parker says he is a huge fan of airplanes and especially military aircraft. Parker has members in his family who served in World War II, so these planes are extra specials to see.
“These are living pieces of history that you just don’t see every day and the fact that they are meticulously cared for,” Parker said. “You know these guys that take care of these planes bring them out. They look like they just got out of the factory and they’re really just something to see. It’s very awe-inspiring.”
After their stop in Evansville, the planes will next be headed to Little Rock, Arkansas.
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