Sos sos Ayla heard the propellers when three restored WWII planes came in for a landing at Boca Raton Airport. As a Boeing retiree, he knew the sound. “I’ve been around planes all my life,” he said later at Wings of Freedom’s annual tour stop at Signature Flight Support.
Three planes are on view at 3300 Airport Road from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Admission is $15 adults and $5 children younger than 5.
Michael Russo Jr. and Sr. were just off a private charter jet parked on the tarmac nearby. “One of our customers was a tail gunner on a B-24,” Russo Sr. said, eyeing the B-24 on display.
“He flew a B-24 on the Christmas Day raid over Germany,” added Russo Jr., the charter pilot.
James Moller brought his 95-year-old uncle, an Air Force gunner who flew 50 missions. On a walker and non-verbal, he was seen inspecting the names on the B-17 Flying Fortress.
WWII uniforms, helmets and guns were displayed on a table between two planes. “We’re collectors and we call ourselves living historians,” said Judah Brown. “It’s one thing to read about it in a book.”
By Marci Shatzman