Saturday, June 11, 2016

Duluth Commemorative Air Force Parades WWII Warbird For Open House

Kathryn's Report:

If you were outside in the Twin Ports on Friday, you may have noticed an unusual plane flying overhead. That unusual plane was a vintage World War II BT-13.

The WWII warbird was used to promote the Duluth's Open House that will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at their hangar at the Duluth International Airport.

Those who visit the Open House will also have a chance to fly in the BT-13, along with a PT-22 for a price. That money will also go toward restoring the PBY Catalina, a project the Duluth CAF has been working on for years.

There is no admission fee to check out their air museum located in the hangar, but officials hope people will donate money toward their restoration efforts.

The BT-13 was used for training soldiers fighting in World War II overseas. BT-13 pilot Col. Jordan Deters said that although flying in the vintage aircraft can be exhilarating, but he emphasizes the importance of those that sat in its seats 75 years ago.

"It's supporting a worth while cause and preserving a history of the nation and the world," said Deters.

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