Appreciation and a great deal of respect is what I felt visiting the remarkable vintage World War II airshow at Sarasota Bradenton Airport. The main attraction was the colossal B-29 super fortress bomber named "FiFi."
Bold in concept, brilliant in execution, this high-altitude, long-range aircraft was state of the art in its day.
My father served aboard the B-29 "Dauntless Dotty" as a tail gunner and flew over 20 missions over the Pacific theater.
After seeing up close and examining the cramped Spartan-like interior of this B-29, it makes one wonder how these brave crew members put it all together and pulled off some of the most demanding bombing missions of our time.
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The men and women that served our country at home and abroad during these times truly are the Greatest Generation!