Veterans honored on Fourth of July through B-17 flight

Updated: July 04, 2019 06:56 PM

A bomber plane landed at Holman Field in downtown St. Paul to honor veterans for this Fourth of July. It flew countless missions over Nazi-held territory and was later shot down in France on its 34th mission, before being restored and later brought to Minnesota for viewing. 

"It's an experience I never expected to have and one I'll never forget," said Kenneth Scott, who is a World War II veteran and went up in the air in the restored B-17 as part of an honor flight. "And I thank all the people that took a lot of time in making it happen."


Andy Anderson is also a World War II veteran and also went up in the B-17, almost traveling through time back to a part of his past. Anderson said it was a hard-fought war. Years later, seeing these machines still stirs up emotions for the men who served our country. 

"It brings back... a lot of memories," said Anderson. "I think back about some of my old buddies and stuff ... and was lucky to come back again."

"I think that the reason I'm here today is because of God," said Scott. 

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And after serving in the war, the men know these planes well.

"I was an aerial navigator and I'd go up with a pilot or co-pilot, whatever the plane required for a crew," said Scott. 

As both men take to the air once again, it's a reminder: "Home of the free because of the brave."

The aircraft is headed to Madison, Wisconsin next.

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