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Northwest resident Al Arreola, 88, remembers the first time he saw a flak explosion in the sky as he sat in the ball turret gunner position that rested on the belly of a B-17 during World War II.
Northwest Tucson resident Al Arreola was one of the United States Army Air Corps airmen who were placed in the ball turret below a bomber airplane during World War II. Last week, he got to take another, more comfortable look inside.
A WWII B-17 flies over the Marana Regional Airport last Friday for the annual Wings of Freedom tour put on by the Collings Foundation.
Hank Schaller, left, Al Arreola, middle, and Andy Anzanos, right, all WWII veterans, stand out on the Marana Regional Airport’s tarmac as WWII bombers land last Friday.
WWII bombers into Marana for tours April 23-26
WWII bombers will be at the Marana Regional Airport, 11700 W. Avra Valley Road, for walk-through tours and flights from April 17 to 20.
Every era promotes some false assumptions. One of the biggest ones for us is belief in the economic “multiplier effect.”
Some things have not changed for Roy McCaldin since he was a young man.
During the Wings of Freedom tour from Chandler to Phoenix, local resident Roy McCaldin, who use to fly B-17s in WWII, got a chance to fly one for about 15 minutes. One of his close-call stories from the war includes him diving headfirst out the bottom hatch of the plane after it was shot and on its way down.
Roy McCaldin who use to fly B-17s in WWII takes his first glance in ten years at the cockpit area of a B-17 prior to its flight from Chandler to Marana last week in part Wing of Freedom tour.
Reflected in the gauges on one of about a dozen operable B-17s, Roy McCaldin familiarizes himself with the controls he knew by heart during WWII where he was the pilot on six missions - the sixth being the one where he got shot down.
August 10, 2005 - They glisten and gleam in the sun, sticking up out of the desert like row upon row of bright white shark teeth.
August 10, 2005 - When Harold L. "Bud" Abrams, 83, passed away June 13 following a 23-month battle with cancer, an estimated 500 or more people showed up for his memorial service at the Pima Air & Space Museum.