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A handful of World War II veterans were on the first flight Thursday, ahead of the three-day tour stop that is open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Beautiful,” Belman said after being back on the ground after the flight.
The first time he flew in a B-17, it wasn’t exactly as beautiful.
Belman was curled up in the ball turret, the spherical-shaped area of the plane where gunners are positioned. There was no true seat in there. “I threw up in it,” Belman said.
But throughout his time in the war, Belman would get to know the B-17 very well. “I guess I flew just about every position on the plane,” he said.
His grandson, Richard Rodriguez, was by his side on the ground before and after Belman’s flight Thursday.