Andy MattisonOct 6, 2017, 8:15 pm

World War II history lands at Westchester County Airport

Attendees can see B-17 and B-24 bombers fly in action and even board the aircraft


History is on display now at Westchester County Airport as small crowd that includes some veterans get an up-close look at the B-17 and B-24 bombers that flew during World War II.

Yonkers Resident Stroh Mayer was among the war heroes in attendance. He flew a B-17 bomber in World War II and says he comes every year to the event.

"My whole crew, I was 22 and they were 18, 19, 20, 21. I was the old man of the crew," Mayer said

The Wings of Freedom Tour landed at the airport Friday afternoon to display the historic aircraft.

"Unlike a museum where airplanes are kind of behind the ropes and everything and you can't touch, these you get to actually get up and touch, and feel them, you can hear them, you can see them fly, you can even fly on them," explained Gene Norman of the Collings Foundation

"It’s kind of like old things. It's sort of like antiques and this is sort of like antiques from 1940, 1945, things like that. See how people actually served during the war. The planes are pretty rough inside, you know. They look fancy on the outside but the conditions inside are pretty crude, you know" said Hawthorne resident Sal Plucino.

The aircraft will be on display through the weekend at Westchester County Airport.

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