Photo by John Wilcox
The B-25 Mitchell fires up its engines as the B-17 Flying Fortress taxis behind it.
Four vintage World War II warbirds soared again yesterday afternoon, as a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell and a P-51 Mustang took to the New England skies, flying from Lincoln, R.I., to Barnstable as part of the 2008 Wings of Freedom Tour.
For Rhode Island firefighter Dave Neri, yesterday's B-17 ride was a spiritual reconnection with his late grandfather. Joseph Rossi, who died nearly 30 years ago, was a B-17 top turret gunner who was shot down over Germany during World War II. Rossi was captured but escaped with the help of the French Underground.
"It's just nice to understand what the experience was like," Neri said. "You can really respect what those guys went through."
The next stop is Plymouth tomorrow, where the planes will be on show through the weekend.