A World War II Prisoner of War hadn’t been on a B-17 Bomber since he was shot down in 1943, but Thursday had the chance to fly in one again at the Bluegrass Airport in Lexington.
Paul Sears was a crew member on a B-17 flying over Germany when it was hit on October 8, 1943.
Sears parachuted to the ground, where he was captured and became a POW for 19 months.
Thursday, he climbed back into a B-17 for the first time since that fateful day.
Sears said the biggest difference today compared to 1943 was the fact that nobody was shooting at the B-17. He called it a pleasure ride.
“I can't move through the B-17 as well as I used to,” Sears said. “But it's still a thrill to see inside of one... and it brings back a lot of memories.”
The B-17 is available for rides through Sunday at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. For more information, click here.