World War II veteran rides in B-17 after 70 years

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 19:40:32-04

It's been at least 70 years since Michael Kacere flew in a Boeing B-17.

It's something he did regularly in the 1940s.

"We were called to duty, and I decided to enlist in the Army Air Corps."

Now 95 years old and in completely different shape than he was at 23, he calls the experience bittersweet.

"We get in that plane, and we have our maps of where we are supposed to go.

"We went, did our jobs and came back."

Kacere was in for a big surprise when his son Richard Kacere came from Oklahoma to fly with him.

"Thought this would be really fun if I showed up in my old flight suit and surprised him."

Richard says it was quite the adventure since his father rarely speaks about his time in the service.

"For me, to sit in his seat that he sat in, the navigation seat, to see his bench and vantage point of what it was like, was really awesome."

Wings of Freedom sponsors these flights and say it's important to show our appreciate for the World War II veterans we still have.

"When we do get them out here, its really special. We are giving them an opportunity to reconnect with their past."

You can tour the B-17 and other vintage World War II aircraft at Eppley Airfield to get a better understanding of what war was like in the 1940s.

"It's changed, the world has completely changed."