TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — People in the area will have the chance to see historic World War II aircraft and even take rides with an event happening this week.
The Warbird Expo started on Tuesday at Hoosier Aviation at the Terre Haute Regional Airport.
The Commemorative Air Force, Central Texas Wing, and Gulf Coast Wing brought in three aircraft.
Visitors can see the aircraft up close and even purchase a flight on one. The aircraft includes an SNJ / T6 Texan, an advanced trainer, twin-engine JRB Navy transport, and a “C-47 a Skyrain troop transport, with the name That’s all, brother. The same aircraft that led the Allied Airborne Invasion over Normandy on Doomsday.
“It’s very emotional to fly in this airplane, like I say, to sit there and think about what these young kids went through and so on and to realize the sacrifice and what must have been going through their mind as they were jumping out of this airplane and riding all the way to France for two hours, thinking about what was going to happen,” said Mitch Mitchell, Safety Officer, CAF Central Texas Wing.
The event will be open to the public again from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
A tour of the aircraft is $10 dollars per adult, $5 dollars for children under 12, and $20 dollars per family of up to 5 people. The rides range from one hundred dollars to 385 depending on the aircraft.