Airpower Expo 2016 to display WWII Aircrafts

Updated: Nov. 4, 2016 at 4:02 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - From reenactors, to the people who were actually there, World War II is on full display at the Lakefront Airport for the Airpower Expo 2016.

Fighters, tanks and huge flying fortresses: bringing them here is the culmination of a year long effort by the staff at the National World War II Museum and the Commemorative Air Force.

The aircraft will be airborne and for a variety of fees you can ride on board with proceeds going toward maintaining the crafts.

Museum curators say they're being lost to the passing years, not unlike World War II veterans themselves.

"The guys are as rare as the aircraft at this point, and to hear that first hand account, that primary source: nothing better than that," said Larry Decuers, of the National World War II Museum.

Among the vets from the war here this weekend, Larry Fisher, who was a radio operator in a B-29 bomber.

He recalls what he says is his most vivid memory: flying missions to Kyushu, the southern most island of mainland Japan.

"We flew about 8-thousand feet and by the time we got there, smoke and heat thermals bounced that airplane to where the tail gunner got all boogered, bouncing around the walls," Fisher recalled.

"That is the most vivid one I remember because that big ol' B-29 was being bounced all over that sky."

Admission is $20, the event will be held at the Lakefront Airport until 5 p.m. on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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