Weather Puts off WWII Aircrafts' Hattiesburg Landing - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Weather Puts off WWII Aircrafts' Hattiesburg Landing

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three rare World War II era aircrafts were scheduled to fly into Hattiesburg Monday from Pensacola Fla., but bad weather here and there changed those plans.

A crowd of people gathered at the Bobby Chain Airport to  see a B-17, B-24 and a P-51C land. Those aircrafts are a part of the Collings Foundation's 110-city, Wings of Freedom Tour.

World War II veteran, Charles Hull said, he was a little disappointed when they announced that the war model aircrafts would not be landing.

"Especially for my niece and these other folks, but I have seen those planes for 70 years," he said.

Hull first went to combat in the 1940s at 21 years of age. Seventy years later at 91, he said he still has vivid memories of being overseas.

"A German fighter plane attacked us and a 20 millimeter shell did that," he said as he showed pictures of the plane. "That's the blade on the propeller." 

Hull said  he's glad there are tours like this available to preserve the war times in history.

"There's not many of us left that still have a pretty good memory," he said.

Officials from the Collings Foundation said the planes will land in Hattiesburg on Tuesday.

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